"Sexy spy" Chapman appears at Russian science park

Tue Dec 14, 2010 12:36pm EST
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MOSCOW (Reuters Life!) - Russian spy Anna Chapman showed up at President Dmitry Medvedev's showcase science park on Tuesday, the latest in a long line of celebrities invited to add a touch of glamour to Moscow's answer to Silicon Valley.

Wearing a knee-length black dress, with a green velvet corset, Chapman said she was enjoying life since the spy scandal which led to her arrest and expulsion from the United States alongside nine other Russian sleeper agents.

The redhead capitalised on her popular "sexy spy" image with a photoshoot and interview in the November issue of the Russian edition of Maxim magazine, where she appeared in lace and leather and waxed poetic about her love of romantic men.

When asked whether she was pleased with her new job as a banking advisor, she told Reuters: "Well, yes."

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales was also present on Tuesday to speak with Russian government leaders about the science park.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger came to Russia in October to give a public endorsement to the project, which has also attracted a multi-million dollar investment from Microsoft.

Chapman became one of Russia's most famous spies when photographs she posted on social networking site Facebook were plastered across the front pages of tabloid newspapers around the world.

Although celebrated by the Kremlin and Russian media, the Russian spy ring was reported to have failed to secure any major intelligence before their arrests.

Medvedev awarded the group of spies the country's highest state honours in October.

(Reporting by Alexei Anishchuk, Writing by Thomas Grove, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Former Russian spy Anna Chapman is seen after a meeting of the commission on economic modernization and technological development of the Russian economy, at the Skolkovo Innovation Centre outside Moscow December 14, 2010. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin</p>