Anna Chapman's new pet project

Saturday 01 January 2011 01:00

The Russian spy Anna Chapman revealed some secrets in her first TV interview: she has a passion for shooting and wants a lion cub as a pet – though she remained coy on the job that thrust her into the media spotlight.

Chapman was one of ten Russian sleeper agents exposed in the US and deported last summer in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

On a talk show on Russian state television on Thursday night, she did not elaborate on her intelligence career, but did reveal she had been obsessed with having a pet lion. With that, a lion cub was led into the studio and presented to Chapman as the audience sang a patriotic song from a Soviet-era spy movie that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin once called an inspiration for joining the KGB.

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