Moscow: Russian spy Anna Chapman stares seductively into the camera lens and declares "I will uncover all the secrets”. It`s the top of a new television show that takes her post-espionage career as a media persona to a new level.
The secrets to which the 28-year-old Chapman alludes aren`t about her years of undercover work in the US, but on unexplained mysteries of the occult.
The new television show, which debuted Friday night on the private REN-TV network, further raises Chapman`s profile among Russians who have already seen her pose half-naked in a men`s magazine and attend a rocket launch.
It also neatly avoids her previous life as a deep cover spy in America, something she has vowed not to discuss and the network`s officials have promised not to raise.
"We don`t talk about the situation that made Anna famous. We understand that her activities were in the interests of the state," REN-TV`s documentary series head Mikhail Tukmachyov was quoted as saying in mass-selling daily Komsomolskaya Pravda.
Chapman, in a red-and-black dress with a black collar, narrated some of Friday`s show, which probed how Arabic script might have appeared on the skin of a child in the southern Russian province of Dagestan. She provided slick studio segues between film pieces throughout the show, using the kinds of terms that might have come in handy in her previous life.
Introducing an interview with the family of the 2-year-old boy, Ali Yakubov, Chapman says: "My sources in Dagestan tell me that the Yakubovs fear for their lives," and that they had previously denied reporters access. "I talked them into it," she says.
It is a fitting new stage in the career of Chapman, who appears determined to cement her Bond girl image.
Chapman stripped down to lingerie in a photo shoot for the Russian edition of Maxim, appearing on the cover of the November issue under the caption "For Your Eyes Only”.
A month earlier, she attended a Russian rocket launch in Kazakhstan where she brushed aside questions from a reporter.
She has also become the new celebrity face of a Moscow bank that works with aerospace industries and joined the leadership of the youth wing of the main pro-Kremlin party.