Redhead Russian spy linked to money smuggling ring?

The redhead, who pleaded guilty to spying for Russia in the US and was deported to Moscow last week as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries.

London: The redhead, who pleaded guilty
to spying for Russia in the US and was deported to Moscow last week as part of a prisoner swap between the two countries, is facing claims that she was linked to a money smuggling racket
during she stay in Britain, a media report said.

28-year-old Anna Chapman`s said to have been behind
black-market deals worth millions of pounds while working with
a businessman introduced to her by her father who`s a diplomat
in Russian Embassy in Zimbabwea, the `Daily Mail` reported.

Working for a company called Southern Union, she`s
said to have organised the movement of cash from British bank
accounts to Zimbabwe from the North London flat she shared
with her former husband Alex Chapman.

Yet, while Anna was never linked to the company in
documents filed at Companies House, her then husband was paid
40,000 pounds a year by the firm which included a 10000-pound
payment he received on condition he was listed as a director,
the report said.

Alex, who was questioned by British spy agency MI5 in
the days following his former wife`s arrest, on the subject of
Southern Union, says he was asked to leave the company shortly
after he split from Anna in 2005.

One of the personalities in which the intelligence
officer took interest, Alex claimed, was Ken Sharpe, a Harare-
based entrepreneur with strong Russian and Ukrainian contacts.
Sharpe, who has denied any wrongdoing, says he was merely a
client of Southern Union.

PTI

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