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Spy reveals her secrets in photo shoot

David Nowak in Moscow

Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00

Anna Chapman
Anna Chapman

Russian spy Anna Chapman was revealed by others in June as a sleeper agent in the US. Now she's decided to reveal more of herself, as our picture shows.

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She's stripped down to black lingerie for a photospread in the Russian edition of 'Maxim', appearing on the cover of the November issue under the caption 'For Your Eyes Only' -- a reference to the 1981 James Bond film.

The magazine hit the shelves yesterday.

Since Chapman (28) was deported from the US along with nine other sleeper agents in June, as part of the biggest spy swap since the Cold War, she has said little about her work as a spy, limiting her interviews to schmaltz.

True to form, the red-haired 28-year-old reveals nothing of spycraft in the short interview that accompanies the photos, instead opting to give her views on love -- and men.

"Charm, like love and friendship, is the same everywhere," she says.

"Most men can be divided into three categories: the primitive ones who only need sex, the smarter ones who want to be loved, and then the last group, those who not only want to be loved but also need for that love to be the biggest and most beautiful feeling in their lives.

"It's hardest of all with this last group, but that's my favourite one."

Ms Chapman might be choosing her topics carefully for fear that with one misplaced word she could be toast.

In a country led by a former spy, Vladimir Putin, a revealing interview could prove -- at least with respect to one's career -- fatal.

The cover shot shows her in black lingerie, holding aloft a gun as impressive diamond earrings shine from behind her flowing red locks.

For a spy who received the state's highest honour in an awards ceremony at the Kremlin earlier this week, her career options appear plentiful. She was recently unveiled as the face of an obscure Russian bank with the same initials as the country's main spy agency.

Chic

Right now, though, she's focusing on cementing her 'James Bond' chic and, for the most part, Russian media are happy to play along.

When Ilya Bezugly, editorial director of 'Maxim', was asked how he snared Chapman for the interview, he had a ready answer.

"I could tell you," he said, "but then I'd have to kill you."

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