Russia's sexy spy set for top Kremlin youth group role
A pro-Kremlin youth group will on Wednesday elect seductive Russian spy Anna Chapman to a top role in the organisation, reports said.
Chapman, booted out of the United States along with nine other Russian spies in July, will likely become head of the social council of the Molodaya Gvardiya (Young Guard) youth group, a source in the group told RIA Novosti.
The Molodaya Gvardiya, which is now part of the structure of Russia's ruling party United Russia, is to choose its new leaders at its fourth congress on Wednesday.
"Anna Chapman is to join the Molodaya Gvardiya," the source told RIA Novosti. "What function she is going to perform will be determined just before the congress. But most likely she will head the social council."
The position would provide yet another role for the increasingly busy Chapman, who posed virtually nude for a Russian men's magazine, met Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and attended a space launch since returning home.
Chapman has also been hired as a representative of a little-known asset management firm called FondsServiceBank, whose acronymn is curiously the same as Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) domestic intelligence agency.
Earlier this month, she even made a surprise appearance at a technical modernisation forum attended by President Dmitry Medvedev.
Her red hair and curvy figure ensured Chapman was by far the most prominent of the 10 spies expelled by the United States.
The spies were given awards by Medvedev but former intelligence professionals have lambasted them for their apparently shoddy spycraft in the field.
The Molodaya Gvardiya has its roots in the Soviet-era Komsomol youth group and was revived in the late 1990s to mobilise "patriotic" youth to support the authorities under Putin.
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