Britain revokes citizenship of Russian spy Anna Chapman

13th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Anna Chapman, one of the 10 Russian spies deported from the United States in a swap with Washington, has been stripped of her British citizenship, the Home Office said Tuesday.

Furthermore, Chapman is likely to be "formally excluded", meaning she cannot enter Britain.

Her lawyer said last week she would like to come to Britain using a British passport she obtained through her four-year marriage to Briton Alex Chapman.

A spokeswoman for Home Secretary Theresa May, the interior minister, said: "The Home Secretary has the right to deprive dual nationals of their British citizenship and, once deprived, to exclude them from the UK where she considers that to do so would be conducive to the public good."

Chapman, 28, was among 10 Russians arrested in the United States who admitted to being agents for a foreign country.

© 2010 AFP

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