A U.S. judge has denied a request by a Russian woman accused of working as a foreign agent who sought to be released on bail pending her next hearing.
Prosecutors have charged that Maria Butina had worked for years to cultivate relationships with U.S. political organizations and conservative activists.
They have charged that her work was directed by a former Russian lawmaker who allegedly has ties to Russian organized crime and who was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department earlier this year.
Butina's defense lawyers sought to persuade a Washington judge to release Butina to house arrest pending her November hearing.
But District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected that request, agreeing with prosecutors who said Butina might flee the country.
Last week, federal prosecutors said in court filings that they mistakenly accused Butina of trading sex for access. They said they misinterpreted one of Butina's text message exchanges, but said there was other evidence supporting keeping her in custody.
Butina, 29, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.