Anya “Anna” Chapman, a sexy 28-year-old red-headed beauty, was among a ring of 11 Russian spies arrested and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
No low-profile operative, Chapman, who has a masters degree in economics, an online real-estate business and an apartment in the Financial District, courted the limelight, attending high-profile parties around Manhattan.
At her arraignment last night in Manhattan federal court, she was held without bail as a federal prosecutor called her a “highly trained agent” and a “practiced deceiver.”
Chapman was photographed partying at trendy events, and posted risque photos on her Facebook page.
A senior Russian spy who used the name Christopher Metsos served as a go-between for agents across the country, and was arrested this morning trying to board a plane in Cyprus.
The other suspects, including four middle-aged couples living seemingly ordinary professional lives, were supplied with bogus names and documents and told by Moscow to become “Americanized,” infiltrate “policy-making circles” in the United States and send secrets back to the Kremlin, the feds said.
Neighbors of the suspects were stunned.
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