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The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 B.C. to the Present Anna Chapman
Name: Anna Chapman
Birth Name: Anna Vasilyevna Kushchyenko
Born: February 23, 1982,
Birthplace: Volgograd, Soviet Union (Russia)
Anna Vasilyevna Chapman (maiden name: Anna Vasilyevna Kushchyenko (b. February 23, 1982)) is a Russian woman who spied on the United States on behalf of the Russian government while living in New York City and was arrested along with nine others Russian spies on June 27, 2010. She and the others worked for the Russian Federation's external intelligence/spy agency, the SVR . Chapman pleaded guilty in U.S. Federal Court to a charge of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the U.S. Attorney General. She and the other spies were deported back to Russia on July 8, 2010, as part of a RussiaUnited States prisoner exchange.
Once Anna Chapman's image appeared in the media, along with news of her arrest, the media became obsessed with the beautiful, red-haired spy, referring to Chapman variously as the "flame-haired beauty," "the femme fatale," or "the modern-day Bond girl," and "the stunning SoHo spy."
Since returning to Russia, Anna Chapman has become a national (and international) celebrity, appearing alongside Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and on television talk shows. Anna Chapman also appeared in a photo shoot for Maxim magazine.
Anna Chapman (then known by her maiden name as Anna Kushchyenko) lived in the United Kingdom prior to moving to the United States. While in Britain, she married an Englishman, Alex Chapman, and gained British citizenship. With her British passport, and her English-sounding name, she easily fit into New York society. Her ex-husband told the media that Anna Chapman's father had been a high KGB offiicial.
The government of the United Kingdom revoked her British citizenship on July 13, 2010.
Video interviews of Anna Chapman:
Anna Chapman Interview with the Mirror.UK
Anna Chapman Interview before her arrest as a spy
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Vasiliy Kushchyenko --Father
Irina Kushchyenko --Mother
Alex Chapman --Husband (divorced 2006)
Education:MA, Economics: Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (Moscow)
Links and Resources on Anna Chapman
Anna Chapman Explains The Secrets of the World --ABC News, Jan 12, 2011?
Anna Chapman's father may have had 'serious Kremlin connections --The Telegraph. July 10 2010
Russian spy Anna Chapman is stripped of UK citizenship-- BBC News. July 13, 2010