Spy suspect Chapman to return to Moscow overnight: report

8th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian woman Anna Chapman, arrested by the United States on suspicion of acting as a Kremlin agent, will return to Moscow overnight as part of a prisoner exchange, a report said Thursday.

Quoting an informed source in diplomatic circles, online newspaper Gazeta.ru said the handover would be carried out as a "special operation" and no official announcement would be made.

It said the agreement had been reached following a meeting Wednesday between William Burns, a former US ambassador to Moscow and Russia's US Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

Chapman would arrive "incognito" in Moscow, Gazeta.ru added.

There was no official confirmation of the report.

Expectations have been growing over the last day of a major prisoner swap to end the scandal sparked by the arrest of 10 people in the United States suspected of acting as Kremlin agents.

Chapman, 28, emerged as the most prominent of the suspects due to her glamorous looks and reported KGB agent father, which led media worldwide to describe her as a femme fatale.

© 2010 AFP

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