After getting an award for laying down her life, I mean laying down for her country, Russian spy Anna Chapman has a photo spread in the Russian edition of Maxim magazine. The photo spread, which comes dangerously close to revealing national secrets shows a scantily clad Chapman that makes readers want to learn the Cyrillic alphabet. The photo feature, which is promptly featured in the Russian edition of Maxim, comes on the spiked heels of Chapman being awarded a medal for her espionage activities n the US.
It is hard to see Anna Chapman as a great spy. The Daily Mirror of London opines as follows.
Awarding deported spy Anna Chapman and the rest of a gang caught red-handed by US authorities is honouring the incompetent.
The truth is the Cold War ring was so bad that if it was turned into a film it would be slapstick Carry On Spying.
Anyone who remembers real spies like Leopold Trepper, who cost the Germans thousands of casualties when he spied for the USSR, or Pavel Fitin, who ran a spy ring in the US would consider Anna Chapman to be laughable by comparison.
The most interesting aspect of the Anna Chapman affair is the changes it highlights in the new Russia. On the one hand you have naked capitalism, and on the other hand you still have a distrust of the west. In the absence of a legal system for regulating business, there is a wild west attitude that anything goes in Russia, as long as you are friends with the right people.
In the days of the cold war, Kremlinologists would study pictures of the dais at the May 1 parades, looking to see who was missing, who was new and who had changed their seating position. As steamy and revealing as the new Russia appears in Maxim’s Anna Chapman photo shoot, it remains as mysterious as ever.