Anna Vasil’yevna Chapman
(maiden name: Anna Vasil’yevna
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 Russia–United
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
The government of the United Kingdom
revoked her British citizenship on July