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Femme Fatale Chapman Fears Deportation

Published: July 6, 2010 (Issue # 1589)



  • A photo of Chapman and her ex-husband on the front page of a British paper.
    Photo: Luke Macgregor / Reuters

NEW YORK The Russian diplomats daughter accused of being a spy is embarrassed by photos of her that have turned up in media reports and fears that she will be deported, her lawyer said.

Attorney Robert Baum said he showed Anna Chapman, 28, some of the tabloid newspaper stories that have branded the redhead as a femme fatale and feature photographs from her Facebook page, showing the smiling Russian enjoying Manhattans nightlife scene, posing in front of the Statue of Liberty and mixing with businessmen at a conference.

She was embarrassed by some of the photos that were obviously taken from her Facebook pages, the lawyer said. The truth is shes probably no different than your typical single 28-year-old woman in New York City. She runs a successful business, goes out at night. She dates men, enjoys a social life.

Chapman is charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of a foreign government, which carries a potential penalty of five years in prison.

Baum said Chapmans father told her to go to police with a fake passport an undercover FBI agent had given to her, leading to her arrest and solitary confinement. He said he may use that information to appeal the bail decision.

At a bail hearing last Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Farbiarz said only that investigators on June 27 intercepted phone calls in which Chapman was talking to a man who is advising her, who is telling her essentially to make up a story, to say that shes being intimidated, that this might be some other criminal activity, and who advises her to get out of the country and to go to the police.

Baum said he believed that the phone calls cited by prosecutors were conversations between Chapman and her father, whom Baum described as a low-level embassy employee whose family was middle class.

Baum said Chapman told him that she reached out to her father, Vasily Kushchenko, a day after an FBI agent posing as a Russian consulate employee asked her to deliver a fraudulent passport to an alleged spy.

She spoke to her father, and her father said, Go turn the passport in, Baum said. Her father said, Youve got this passport. Its forged. Go turn it into the police, and thats exactly what she did.

Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Manhattan, declined to comment.

Baum discounted published reports Friday quoting Chapmans ex-husband as saying her father is a spy.

I wont go into the circumstances of divorce, but he may be somewhat bitter about it, Baum said.

Her ex-husband, Alex Chapman, told Londons Daily Telegraph that he had not been surprised to learn that his former wife had been arrested.

Towards the end of our marriage she became very secretive, going for meetings on her own with Russian friends, and I guess it might have been because she was in contact with the Russian government, he was quoted as saying in a Friday article.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the clubs website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBAs and Capital Legal Services event Arctic Expedition this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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