Russian embassy visits Butina in prison

Russia's embassy in the United States says its diplomats have visited the gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison last week for being an unregistered agent of Russia

The statement also said the embassy has sent a note of protest to the State Department "in connection with an illegitimate court decision" in her case.

Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week as part of a plea deal. Butina admitted last year to covertly gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker