Anna Chapman becomes editor of Russian paper

June 2nd, 2011 - 11:20 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, June 2 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Russian spy Anna Chapman, who was detained for espionage and deported from the US, has been appointed editor-in-chief of a “small” newspaper in Russia.

In a statement published on the website of the Venture Business News newspaper, Chapman promised to “significantly increase” the circulation and improve multimedia and overall content of the newspaper.

“I’ve become the chief editor. It’s a small newspaper,” Chapman said, admitting she has no plans yet about her future job.

As editor-in-chief, Chapman will be in charge of a new column “Field News” that would discuss major events in the venture and investment business in Russia and abroad.

The former spy said she would like to head the newspaper to “promote a positive image of young entrepreneurs, innovators, and technological business managers”.

Chapman and 10 other Russians were arrested in the US in June 2010 on suspicion of espionage. In July, they were sent back to Russia in exchange for four men accused by Moscow of spying for foreign intelligence services in Russia.

Chapman had earlier become an advisor for Fondservicebank President Alexander Volovnik. She also joined the Public Council of Young Guard youth movement of the United Russia party.

Later, she became a TV host of REN TV’s “World Mysteries with Anna Chapman” show.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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