Anna Chapman, part of a Moscow-organized spy ring cracked by U.S. June 27, 2010.
Elspeth Lodge February 1, 2011 – 3:20 pm
Failed Russian Spy Anna Chapman is trying to cash-in on her new-found popularity by registering her name with the state patent agency, reports say.
“Maybe she wants to open the ‘Anna Chapman’ dry-cleaner or make cookies,” Nikolai Kravtsov, an official at the agency, told Reuters, adding that she had registered for the trademark in August.
Ms. Chapman, called “90-60-90″ by Russian press (referring to her alleged measurements) registered her name as a trademark for eight lines of merchandise including: cosmetics, vodka, clothing, watches and juices — there are also suspicions that she might follow in Alina Kabaeva‘s footsteps and release a doll.
“If you speak of legendary spies there is the registered name ‘Mata Hari.’ Although Anna Chapman doesn’t measure up to Mata Hari, a commercial value has nonetheless appeared and she wants to get some material profit from this,” Baker & McKenzie partner Evgeny Ariyevich told RBC, Moscow News reports.
Since arriving back in Russia from the U.S., via a cold-war style spy swap, Ms. Chapman has posed in lingerie for men’s magazines, attended a space launch, had a sing-along with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and joined Mr.Putin’s United Russia Party.
According to the Moscow News, Ms. Chapman is the new face of Molodaya Gvardia, the youth wing of the ruling United Russia party TV channel: REN-TV. And AFP reports Ms. Chapman has also become the public face of a little-known investment house called FSB, which is also the name of the country’s powerful Federal Security Service that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin once headed.
- With files from Reuters and AFP
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