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Russia's ex-spy Anna Chapman launches website amid rumors of political run

The former secret agent has launched a flashy website to promote a sprouting career. Anna Chapman's potential bid for Russian parliament is rumored to have backing from Vladimir Putin's political party.

Former Russian spy Anna Chapman, seen in this Dec. 14, 2010 file photo, has launched a flashy website to promote her sprouting new careers in television, modeling, charity and – if the rumors are true – a political run for the State Duma this December as a candidate for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

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Anna Chapman, the flame-haired Russian spy expelled from the US along with nine comrades last summer, has launched a flashy website to promote her sprouting new careers in television, modeling, charity and – if the rumors are true – a political run for the State Duma this December as a candidate for Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

On the new website's professional-looking home page, graced with an intimate photo of the sloe-eyed former secret agent, Ms. Chapman says that being outed as a spy helped her to grow up and discover a sense of duty to humankind.

"Before returning to Moscow in July 2010, I aspired to personal harmony and was more concerned with my own happiness," she writes. "But in due course my ideology changed. I came to understand that fulfillment in life comes from helping those around me. The day that I returned I consider to be my second birthday."

Chapman has obliterated the old KGB dictum that unmasked spies should fade into the sunset, leaving only their legends behind. She's posed wearing lingerie – James Bond-style, with a gun – in the Russian edition of Maxim, launched her own iPhone app, made a series of flamboyant public appearances, and lent her name to half a dozen different consumer products ranging from clothing to vodka.

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