Anna Chapman gets own TV show

Moscow: Anna Chapman, the Russian woman who became a media sensation last summer after being part of a major spy swap between Washington and Moscow, is to host her own television show, the Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

"Secrets of the World with Anna Chapman" is to air every Friday on the private Russian channel Ren-TV, starting Jan 21.

The show starring the 28-year-old redhead, who came to be known as Agent 90-60-90 and the Venus of the Volga, will be about "mysterious modern phenomena", a Ren-TV spokesman was quoted as saying.

He did not provide further details.

Chapman had been detained in the US in June along with several other people on charges of spying for Russia. The spy swap followed shortly after in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Since returning to Russia, Chapman has become a media darling. She has posed scantily clad for a men`s magazine, has been hired by a bank as a consultant and has taken steps into the political arena, recently joining a youth organisation with ties to the Kremlin.

Chapman has also been rumoured to be a possible candidate for Russia`s lower house of parliament, the State Duma.