Anna Chapman named Russia's Woman of the Year
Even after being expelled from the US, undercover Russian spy Anna Chapman has been named Woman of the Year by a Russian TV station. She was presented with a lion cub live as a gift.Updated: Jan 01, 2011 14:37 IST
Even after being expelled from the US, undercover Russian spy Anna Chapman has been named Woman of the Year by a Russian TV station.
The state-owned Channel One honoured the 28-year-old when she appeared on its This Is Your Life-style show.
The channel dedicated a prime time slot to Chapman where she was presented with a lion cub live as a gift.
Her relatives and teachers also made appearances, and her first boyfriend even spoke of their first kiss, as her life story was told.
She revealed that she would secure her own Russian TV show in the New Year following on from a lingerie shoot for Maxim magazine in November.
However, the spy gave no secrets away about her time in London or her spying mission.
"I will never confirm whether I worked in intelligence,' the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.
She insisted that, "Loving your motherland is absolutely necessary to be happy."
Chapman even refused to condemn the Russian 'traitor' who spilled her identify as a spy to the Americans.
"It's not for me to judge, I wish for nothing negative to anyone, even a traitor. It's his problem, not mine," she said.
"What happened is for the best. It's a beginning of something great and beautiful," she added.
Andrei Malakhov, host of Let Them Speak, said, "She is without exaggeration the woman of the year."
First Published: Jan 01, 2011 14:33 IST