Beauty Spy's Dad 'Was KGB Agent'

Ex-hubby not surprised by Anna Chapman's bust
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2010 3:29 AM CDT
This undated image taken from the Russian social networking website "Odnoklassniki," or Classmates, shows a woman journalists have identified as Anna Chapman,.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Alleged deep-cover Russian spy Anna Chapman may have been following in her father's footsteps, says her British ex-husband. The Russian-born beauty "told me her father had been high up in the ranks of the KGB," Alex Chapman tells the Telegraph. "She said he had been an agent in 'old Russia.' Her father controlled everything in her life and I felt she would have done anything for her dad. When I saw that she had been arrested on suspicion of spying it didn’t come as much of a surprise."

Her father, Vasily Kuschenko, was "scary," says Chapman, who met the Russian diplomat when the couple visited Zimbabwe. "He didn’t trust anyone. He asked me why I had chosen a Russian bride and asked what business I had in Russia, and I said none." Kuschenko is now a high-ranking official in Russia's Foreign Ministry, according to unconfirmed reports in the Russian press. British intelligence agencies are trying to discover whether Anna worked as a spy during the years she lived in Britain.
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