I think what this speaks to is the price Kremlin pays for running intelligence operations outside the official intelligence agencies. In this case Torshin - Putin pal, OC boss, government official - runs his agent Butina in the USA. She reports to him, he reports to Kremlin, Kremlin provides feedback, and so on.
Below are some recent filings in the case against Paul Manafort brought in the Eastern District of Virginia, Honorable T.S. Ellis III presiding. Long story short, Paulie tried to play games in order to have his case in Washington DC District Court occur first, and his case in Virginia heard second. Why he wanted to reverse the order of the trials is unclear, but he apparently thought it was a good idea.
Mr. Manafort, aided by his associate Mr. Kilimnik, attempted to obstruct justice, violating the terms of Manafort's releast to house arrest. Special Counsel Mueller is other-than-pleased. These documents are what have been filed (and unsealed) in support of the request that the judge consider putting Manafort in jail pending trial.
This week saw the publication of a report by the Guardian about Kevin Ellul-Bonici, a longtime associate of Nigel Farage, who has worked for Farage and the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group at the EU parliament. Ellul-Bonici achieved a degree of notoriety when, in 2014, he and three companions distributed hundreds of copies of a book at the EU parliament as part of a Russian active measure that sought to smear Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a one-time KGB asset. An investigation by the EU parliament at the time identified two of Ellul-Bonici's partners as a Russian, a Polish citizen born in Moscow. The fourth was never identified.  Given Nigel Farage's relationship with Kevin Ellul-Bonici, Farage's involvement in Brexit, mounting evidence of Kremlin involvement in supporting Brexit, Farage's relationship with Donald Trump, and all that we know now regarding Kremlin interference in the US presidential election, this 2015 EU parliament incident appears rather more interesting than it may have seemed at the time. Which brings us to the other gentleman from Malta.
The news story, by Natasha Bertrand writing at Business Insider: Former high-level officials submit 'unusual' Russia brief in lawsuit against Trump and Roger Stone
La “combinación”, instrumento de la guerra de la información de Rusia en Cataluña / The ‘combination’: an instrument in Russia’s information war in Catalonia, by Mira Milosevich-Juaristi (@MiraMilosevich1), Senior Analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, is one of the better treatments of the subject of Kremlin subversion targeting Western nations. The description of the blend of methods used by the Russians and their allies in the case of Catalonia provides a good introduction to the topic, but perhaps the most important point made by the author is that the Kremlin has succeeded in Catalonia - as it did in the German elections, the French elections, the US elections, the EU-Ukraine election in Netherlands, and BREXIT - regardless of the immediate outcome on the ground in each of those cases.
There is an interesting story out at Think Progress, regarding (yet another) faux Black Lives Matter online project. BlackMattersUS shares many of the elements of other recently-exposed and Russian-linked "BLM" projects that sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election.
This site is an instantiation of what I practice: artisanal intelligence. The focus here is primarily (but not exclusively) on the post- or neo-Soviet active measures as practiced by the Kremlin and their allies, both on- and offline. In general, artisanal intelligence implies a good deal of hand work, an immersion in the work and mindset of the adversary, a process deliberately slowed down and limited in scope. I'm A. Weisburd (hence webradius <- an anagram), and I've been doing this sort of work versus terrorists, organized crime, and hostile intelligence services since at least 2002, applying both lessons learned on the job and in the course of getting a BSc in Information Systems and an MA in Criminology.