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Anna Chapman appointed Editor-in-Chief of Russian magazine

Not content with having her own TV show and trying her hand at modelling, politics and banking, the 29-year-old former spy has trained her sights on journalism. Although her glamorous lifestyle since her deportation from the United States last summer has often made tabloid headlines, her new Russian-language magazine will be about the fustier world of start-up businesses and raising venture capital. But in keeping with her image as an arch-patriot, she has said that she sees her new job at the magazine, called Venture Business News, as a chance to help Russia develop a new generation of entrepreneurs capable of handing her motherland "leading positions" in their chosen fields. "I am sure that my knowledge and international experience in the venture capital business and my desire to change[...]

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Anna has become an editor-in-chief of the Venture Business News.

The Venture Business News is the only Russian newspaper specializing in venture business and innovation. The newspaper features major events in venture and investment business, commentaries, league tables and articles on venture market written by leading Dow Jones experts. Extensive coverage is given to recent mergers and acquisitions, innovation project success stories and presentation of new start-ups. The newspaper also publishes a supplement Skolkovo Digest.

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Charity cruise on the Neva River

On May 19, member of the Young Guard public council and the party’s coordinator, Yana Lantratova, who is also responsible for the federal projects “I am a Volunteer” and “Child Protection” set off for a cruise on the Neva River together with 85 children from orphanages, children from large families and from low-income families. The deputy of St. Petersburg’s Legislative Assembly, Vitaly Milonov, and the Alyosha charity also fund took part in the cruise. Children from large families, disabled children and children from St.Petersburg orphanages participated in the Neva River cruise. The organizers listened to the children’s stories with great pleasure and attention. Many of the kids were travelling on a ship for the first time in their lives. They enjoyed the water, the[...]

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Visit to Volgograd kindergarten for children with eyesight problems

“I’m happy not only to contribute to these children’s development and treatment, but also to attract attention to such important issues. If each of us buys new lenses and set up an audible traffic signal or helps with treatment or just reads a fairy tale to a sick child or an orphan, our future will consist of kinder and noble people in the form of those we help. Maybe people will laugh having heard about the kind act, the next time they will think about it and after the third time they will do it themselves,” Anna Chapman said. http://www.pro-volgograd.ru/news/categories/society/id/4475/

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Visit to orphanage for disabled children in St.Petersburg

On April 18, a member of the Young Guard movement’s Public Council, Anna Chapman, and the coordinator of the federal project “Children’s Protection,” Yana Lantratova, visited a St.Petersburg orphanage for disabled children. The event, supported by the St.Petersburg branch of the Young Guard movement, had a warm and easy atmosphere with gifts, excursions, as well as discussion of plans for future during tea-time and even a little concert that the children had prepared for the guests. Anna and Yana had earlier taken these children to the Zapashny Brothers’ show. “I actually think that it’s even more important for me than for these children. It’s communication. It seems to me that I - as well as my colleagues - personally become better after talking with these children,”[...]

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Open Russian Taekwondo Championship

On April, 2-3 Moscow hosted the Open Russian Taekwondo Championship under the aegis of the International Taekwondo Federation. A total of 350 people took part in the competition. The youngest participant had just turned seven; the oldest one was in his forties. At the competition, boys with musculo-skeletal disorders also demonstrated their skills. The idea of carrying out this event was proposed by the Young Guard movement, a youth wing of the United Russia party. The goal of the event is the implementation of the project of the social adaptation of the disabled in the sports community. These participants’ exhibition performances sparked waves of emotion and encouraging applause as the guys demonstrated self-defense skills, regardless of their health troubles. The head of the Young[...]

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The secrets of Anna Chapman

Ms Chapman is coy about the accusations she spied on the United States Russia's Anna Chapman captured the media world's attention last year when she was deported from the US, accused of being a spy. The BBC's Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg investigates "Russia's most glamorous secret agent". On the 35th floor of a Moscow skyscraper, an office is filling with smoke. Suddenly I hear the click-click-click of high heels on parquet floor. And through the mist walks redhead Anna Chapman in a stunning blue dress. She doesn't seem in any hurry to evacuate the building. That's because the smoke is being pumped into the room by a machine to make her look special. Russia's most glamorous secret agent is here to record her weekly TV show. Judging from the scripted lines she's speaking to[...]

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Yana Lantratova, the coordinator of Anna Chapman’s Right to a Smile fund:

“A little child does not understand that he’s got poor eyesight. He can’t say: “Mom, I see worse than Vanya from the neighboring apartment.” It’s because he doesn’t know that Vanya sees better than he does. He thinks everybody has the same eyesight. That’s the tragedy. When Anna spoke to the Volgograd-based professor from Eye Microsurgery clinic, Fokin, he told us that the eye works like a camera, when the light comes through the transparent eye’s structures and reaches the thinnest internal layers, the retina. There the micro cells produce the substance that accumulates in the optic nerve and comes directly to the brain. An optic nerve cannot be restored if the brain doesn’t receive a signal from it. Mankind hasn’t reached the level of the micro technology that[...]

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Visit to a St. Petersburg circus

Young Guard public council member Anna Chapman, representatives of the Young Guard St. Petersburg regional branch took orphans from orphanage №1 to the premiere of the new circus show by the famous animal trainers, the Zapashny Brothers, “Camelot 2: God’s Vicars” which was held on March 18 in St. Petersburg Yubileyny sports arena. Stunts with horses and a lion and, the “wheel of death” did not leave a single child indifferent. Askold and Edgard Zapashny and their colleagues brought to the arena a host of animals, including over 10 ferocious beasts, 14 horses, trained monkeys, parrots and dogs. The show itself was held on special stages, which were uniquely designed to move and transform. Thirty-four cars carrying equipment accompanied the Camelot show, plus animals and 200[...]

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Charity auction in St.Petersburg

The luxurious staterooms of the historical palace of one of the most celebrated noble families of the Russian Empire will open its doors to the guests of the legendary Swiss watch manufacture. The guests at the reception will slowly walk around the residential area of the noble family’s house, beating out a clip-clop on the marble stairs in the palace. The guests will enjoy the sounds of the old harmonium and the vocal of unsurpassed Amy Pieterse. The stunningly beautiful interiors, hospitality of one of the oldest watch companies, the example of elegancy and style will all welcome the guests of the Ulysse Nardin party tonight… Anna Chapman arrived in St.Petersburg to take part in the charity auction, to help to raise money for the diagnosis and treatment of children with eyesight[...]