Russia's Sexy Spy Heats Up Maxim
Officials still trying to put sexy face on their failed US spy op
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2010 4:33 AM CDT
Former spy Anna Chapman appears at the farewell ceremony for a US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts at Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, early this month.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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(Newser) – This generation's wanna-be Mata Hari appears in all her blazing hotness in Russian Maxim in what officials hope might be a morale-booster for their spooks. "Anna Chapman has done more to excite Russian patriotism than the Russian soccer team," the mag sniggers about the nearly-total-boob-baring shot of the pistol-packing spy deported from New York. The bodacious former spy has fast become the poster babe of the seductive spy operation the Russians wish they had, Reuters notes. Though loudly hailed by the Kremlin and Russian press, the years-long spy operation in the US including Chapman and nine compatriots is widely considered an embarrassing flop.