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Updated: December 22, 2010 16:08 IST

Anna Chapman to join Putin’s party: Report

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This December 14, 2010 photo shows Anna Chapman, who was recently deported from U.S. on charges of espionage, at a meeting in Moscow.
AP This December 14, 2010 photo shows Anna Chapman, who was recently deported from U.S. on charges of espionage, at a meeting in Moscow.

Anna Chapman, the glamorous spy deported from the U.S. along with nine others, is to become a leader of a youth wing of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin-led United Russia party, a media report said.

The 28-year-old Ms. Chapman, who was deported from the U.S. in a historic spy swap in June, is to be appointed at a congress of Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard) in Moscow, Britain’s The Daily Telegraph quoted sources as telling the Russian media.

Ms. Chapman’s role in the pro-Putin youth organisation will involve working with “patriots and young businesspeople”, the report said.

“Chapman will become the head of one of the new governing bodies of Molodaya Gvardiya,” a source in the organisation was quoted as saying.

Prime Minister Putin rallied to the defence of Ms. Chapman and nine other Russian spies after they were expelled from the U.S. and had promised them all “important” work in their homeland.

Ms. Chapman, who ran a real estate business in New York as cover for her real role in Russia’s foreign intelligence service, had attended the same technology forum as Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last week.

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