It wasn't sultry Russian spy Anna Chapman who got "close enough" to a U.S. cabinet member that the FBI shut down her circle of spooks, the FBI says. Contrary to reports, FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi didn't name a spy or allege a honey trap when referring to a 2010 spy ring during a BBC documentary that aired this week. "We were becoming very concerned," Figliuzzi told the interviewer. "They were getting close enough to a sitting U.S. cabinet member that we thought we could no longer allow this to continue." These suspicions led the FBI to arrest 10 Russians connected to the spy ring in June 2010, including Chapman and another Russian spy known as Cynthia Murphy. Later in the interview, Figliuzzi responds to questions about Chapman being a honey trap --[...]
The ravishing Russian red-head donned a daring studded leather jacket, skin-tight black jeans and stilettos during a show at the Mercedes-Benz fashion show. Secret agent-turned-sexpot Anna, 30, was sensationally exposed two years ago, along with nine other Russian spies who had been living undercover in America. After their arrest in June 2010, the group admitted conspiring to serve as unlawful agents of the Russian Federation within the US. And in a throwback to Cold War-era prisoner exchanges, they then were swapped in Vienna for a handful of Western spies held in Russia. Anna later swapped her life of secret dossiers and clandestine meetings for the glitz and glamour of a modelling career.
Given her spectacular failure as a spy, her limited success in politics and her ensuing plagiarism scandal, you might not think Anna Chapman was quite suited to be a business guru. But at least credit her persistence. In the latest attempt to cash in on her celebrity, the 29-year-old Russian beauty is carving out yet another new career - this time giving masterclasses on how to succeed in business. According to local media, she frequently quoted the late Apple boss Steve Jobs and claimed her secret was to 'be positive'. 'My formula for success is to be active and do something that is socially useful,' she was quoted as saying. 'The main thing is not profit, but belief and the dream that gets us out of bed every day.' Footage of the event showed her piloting a virtual yacht on a simulator[...]
For a glimpse of the New New Russia—and its struggle to supplant the Old New Russia of a few years back—you could do worse than venture up to the deck of the O2 Lounge on top of Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton hotel. Four years ago, when the club first opened, it was mostly empty except for a few prostitutes in glinting lam? and spiky heels. Today the hookers are gone, and though there are still a few archetypal Russian businessmen hanging around the O2 with their coltish model-wives, you’re more likely to run into hotel guests like Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, in town for a tech talk. Moscow is a city heading in opposite directions. Look southwest from the deck of 02 and there’s the tower housing RusNano, a $5 billion state-funded nanotech foundation that aims to foster “top-down[...]
"How does your life change after you open your first ever business? In what ways does your personality improve? Is it the beginning of fearless days, or a terrifying, endless nightmare? If you are still unsure, I will tell you how you will feel. Speaking from personal experience, quitting my job to start my own company was one of the most unanticipated decisions I have ever made, but it led to the thrilling adventure that has helped to define my so far short, but intense life. Starting own company has brought me so much passion, inspiration and love, that it turned my world upside down. The experience has taken me to places I would have never gone without it. Everyday seems like a triumph – the highest point of a life journey and human freedom. Creation, whether a company product, a[...]
Anna Chapman, editor of Venture Business News and a former Russian spy, talks about her new career promoting technology investment in Russia. Chapman, who was part of a Russian spy ring uncovered in the U.S. and deported last year, also comments on the role of women in politics and offers she has received from the entertainment industry. She spoke yesterday in Moscow with Bloomberg's Henry Meyer. (Source: Bloomberg)
Russian spy Anna Chapman, expelled from the U.S. last year, is starting a new career in venture capitalism as she allies with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to lure technology investment to the country. “I’ve always been fascinated with technology,” Chapman, 29, said yesterday in an interview in Bloomberg News’ Moscow office. “And right now, I want to make my own input into developing this industry, the venture capital industry.” Chapman, part of the Russian spy ring uncovered in the U.S. and deported last year, is a member of Molodaya Gvardiya, the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party headed by Putin. She says her mission is to encourage young Russians to launch start-up businesses at home rather than emigrate. Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev say they want to wean[...]
On June 9, Anna Chapman visited children in the kindergarten №283 in the Krasnooktyabrsky district of Volgograd. The guests visited each of the five groups of the preschool organization. Children there are divided according to their ages, but they all have eyesight problems in common. The kids suffer from short-, long-sightedness and squinting. Almost all of these problems are innate. Special equipment and eyesight exercises help to cure the illnesses. The kindergarten has some of the necessary equipment. The experienced kindergarten teachers say however say that the good emotional state of children constitutes almost half of a successful course of treatment. http://vlg-media.ru/novosti-volga-media/obschestvo/anna-chapman-pomosch-nuzhdaiuschimsya-detyam-norma-zhizni