UK spy suspect eyes career on Russian state television


A Russian aide to a member of British parliament, detained last year on suspicion of spying, plans to try on a new career on Russian state television, says a Moscow TV boss.

Katia Zatuliveter, 25, an aide to a Liberal Democrat on the parliamentary defence committee, was detained in December on suspicion of espionage and now faces possible deportation.

Following the footsteps of Russian spy Anna Chapman, who has risen to media stardom at home following her deportation from the United States last year, she is now in talks to work at a Russian English-language news channel, Reuters reports.
“We are interested in working with Katia Zatuliveter, and she is aware of that,” said Margarita Simonyan, Editor-in-Chief of state-owned RT channel, said in a statement. “We will have more details when we complete our negotiations with Katia.”

Her detention, as well as Russia’s temporary refusal to allow entry to a British reporter for the London-based Guardian newspaper, has hit Russian-British relations ahead of Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to London on Monday.

Russia has dismissed British accusations of espionage as “paranoid spymania.” Russia’s charge d’affairs at the Russian embassy said she had been detained on immigration law violations, but added she had been legally residing in Britain.

The Russian foreign ministry has said she is under house arrest in Britain.

Chapman, now a celebrity in Russia, has posed in lingerie, attended a space launch and had a sing-along with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin since her return. Last month she launched her own weekly TV show, “Mysteries of the World with Anna Chapman.”