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Overstock C.E.O. Tells The True Story of His Romance With a Russian Agent


The CEO of Overstock Patrick Byrne discusses in detail his relationship with the Russian agent Maria Butina. They met at a libertarian conference held at Las Vegas on 2015 July, in the first meeting they talked about Anton Chekhov, Milton Friedman, and John Locke.

The true Story of his Romance with a Russian Agent
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Patrick Byrne is not only a pronouncing founder of Overstock.com he is also the chief executive of the online company that sells furniture and bedding at discount rates. Miss Maria Butina was a very ambitious graduate student who was a Russian Native.

July 2015 was just the beginning of a three years long relationship between the Russian lady and the e-commerce executive. This friendly relationship turned to a romantic one many times during the three long years. Miss Maria Butina is serving her one and half year imprisonment after being accused of trying to intrude powerful social and political circles in the United States of America at special instructions from the Government of Russia. After the trial, she was pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Mr. Byrne’s secret relationship

Mr. Byrne’s secret relationship was brought into the light on Monday when his company took some odd-looking steps like that of issuing a press release that attracted the attention of readers to it. This press release was made after the reports were made public in which it was clearly mentioned that Mr. Byrne was involved in the federal inquiry about the presidential elections of 2016. According to the overstock.com’s CEO he has been helping the agents responsible for enforcing the laws, he calls them “Men in Black” he said he was helping them with “Clinton Investigations” and “Russia Investigations”.

On Wednesday evening he was giving an interview to the media in which he said that he wanted to clearly discuss his point of view about the problems of law enforcement officials weak handling of the government’s case filed against the Russian lady Miss Maria Butina.

The heading of the press release was “Overstock.com CEO Comments on Deep State”; it was enough to make the shares of the company fall downwards and continued the downward trend by 30 percent in two days. This opened a new chapter in the story of Ms. Butina and her relations with a number of influential Americans. The lawyer of the Russian lady Robert Driscoll confirmed that his client and Mr. Patrick Byrne are romantically involved. To make his side clear Mr. Byrne said that he was constantly receiving instructions form the government officials about how to interact with the lady.

C.E.O Of Overstock Mr. Patrick Byrne

In the interview, Mr. Patrick Byrne frankly said that he still liked the lady a lot. He said that the best thing that could happen to both America and Russia is that Maria goes back and become the president of Russia one day.

The 30 years old lady Maria Butina has been serving in jail after pleading guilty as she was unable to register as a foreign agent. She achieved the unsavory reputation by actively networking with groups like the National Rifle Association. And posing for photos with the republicans like Donald Trump Junior and the former governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker. According to the statement of the lawyer of the Russian agent Maria Butina she was not only involved with Mr. Patrick Bryne she was even meeting a Republican operative who was an active participant of a number of campaigns.

The father of Mr. Bryne has been a chief executive of one of the leading insurance companies of America called Geico. Mr. Patrick Byrne is famous for his ability to speak out his mind in interviews and with financial analysts. In the recent past, he has personally criticized some reporters in order to stop them from unnecessary criticism. During a conference call with analysts and journalists and reporters Mr. Patrick Bryne accused the Wall Street of implementing a big plan to hurt some companies, he said that all the planning was done by someone Bryne called “Sith Lord”. The press release of Monday was a mixture of color and secrecy. The name of the Russian lady was not specifically used in the news.


Sara Carter, who is a contributor to Fox news as well as a known journalist, had two articles published on her website. One article was all about the relationship of Mr. Patrick Bryne with Ms. Maria Butina. In Mr. Byrne’s news release he has clearly mentioned that he has confirmed the account of Sara Carter.

According to the details of the relationship shared by the CEO of Overstock.com, all that started in Las Vegas where he was invited to talk at a convention named FreedomFest which is an annual gathering in which the libertarians participate.

In her first meeting with Bryne, Ms. Butina told him that she wanted to discuss with him her gin rights, but he refused to talk about it as he was not interested. Looking at his disinterest she readily made up a new story and told him that she was working for one of the top officials of the central bank of Russia and wanted to invite him to Moscow for a lecture about Blockchain technology. After this meeting, Mr. Bryne set the time and venue for the next meeting with her and surprisingly it was for lunch the very next day in his hotel suite. They began by sharing their knowledge about Russian history, philosophy and literature, Ms. Butina told him that he was very famous in Russia.

Mr. Bryne was not clear about her intentions so he started reporting the FBI about his interaction with her. Ms. Butina’s lawyer Mr. Driscoll claims that Mr. Bryne contacted him after Ms. Butina was sent to the prison and told him that he has been telling FBI about his meetings with her but the FBI spokeswoman refused to comment about it.