Russian `spy` challenges deportation from UK

Twenty-five-year-old Ekaterina Zatuliveter, who worked as an assistant to Liberal Democrat lawmaker Mike Hancock, was detained last week pending deportation to Russia.

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

London: A Russian woman who was detained in Britain on suspicion of spying has launched a legal challenge to her deportation order.

Twenty-five-year-old Ekaterina Zatuliveter, who worked as an assistant to Liberal Democrat lawmaker Mike Hancock, was detained last week pending deportation to Russia. Hancock`s office said that she was arrested on the grounds that her presence in the UK "was not conducive to the public good."

Her lawyer Tessa Gregory said Thursday that the government has failed to provide any evidence that Zatuliveter is a threat to national security.

Gregory said Zatuliveter has been wrongly painted by British media as a "honey trap Russian spy."

Her law firm has challenged the government`s decision to deport the Russian.

Bureau Report