How do you say “yummy” in Russian? She looks like she is straight out of a James Bond movie rather than a real Russian spy. Check her out on the cover of Russia Maxim magazine in hot lingerie. Anna Chapman made world news when she was found to be a Russian spy after a set-up in a New York Starbucks by U.S. authorities. While the 28-year-old hobnobbed with Manhattan’s social elite, prosecutors say she also worked as an agent for the Russian government. This redhead bombshell was deported from the U.S back to the motherland Russia with nine others on June 27, 2010 as part of the 2010 Russia–United States Prisoner Swap. She evaded authorities while living in New York operating as CEO of Property Finder LLC, a website selling real estate internationally. She was finally caught on suspicion of working for the Illegals Program spy ring under the Russian Federation’s external intelligence agency, the SVR (Sluzhba Vneshney Razvedki). Chapman pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General. Amazing what you can get away with when you’re gorgeous!
Anna and the others were deported for failing to register with the State Department as “foreign agents.” No evidence was produced that any of them had actually spied on the US in any serious sense and it is unlikely that such evidence even exists. The Russian spies for the US on the other hand were serious spies, so we lost (Anna) and they won (Anna), tragic.
After her arrest by the FBI for her involvement with the Illegals Program, Chapman gained overnight minor celebrity status while under custody. The media dubbed her the “flame-haired beauty”, “femme fatale”, “the modern day Bond girl” and “the stunning SoHo spy”. She gained quite a following on Facebook and a sensation in Russia landing the cover of Maxim magazine. She is shown wearing black lingerie, silk stockings and a small hand revolver. That’s hot if you ask me.
US Vice-President Joe Biden, when jokingly asked by Jay Leno on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno, “Do we have any spies that hot?” replied in a mock serious tone, “Let me be clear. It was not my idea to send her back.”
After being deported, Anna went shopping for a US$250,000 media deal using an associate of hers and a Swiss bank account to avoid her profits being seized by the US government.
Anna has lost her income. She has had to leave her real-estate business, and won’t be getting any more money from the Russian government. She knows a media deal is her best way of earning money. It has even been suggested to her that she might pose for Playboy.
In her plea bargain with US authorities, Chapman agreed not to profit from her story and stipulated that any money she got would go to the federal government.
Chapman’s lawyer, Robert Baum, told Newsweek, “She felt that the only source of income that she might have was based on her story.” He added: “Remember, according to the provision, there is no prohibition against her talking. That would have been illegal. She just can’t make money from it, or else the government will go after that money. But now that she’s back in Russia”, Baum added, “There are obvious issues about the enforceability of that provision.”
Overall, I think it is Anna and the Russians who got the last laugh in this situation. I guarantee you we don’t have nearly as sexy American spies in Russia. What the U.S. should have done is made her switch sides instead of deporting her. She is now an icon for sexiness for her country and we are left empty handed. At least we have the internet…