A former parliamentary researcher has admitted a four-year affair with the MP Mike Hancock, but denies using the relationship to spy for Russian intelligence services.
Katia Zatuliveter (26) revealed the relationship with the Liberal Democrat MP during her testimony at a Special Immigration Appeals Commission hearing, as part of a bid to stay in the country.
The Government is seeking her deportation on national security grounds in the first espionage case to be heard by the commission.
“You were so much more than a researcher to a backbench MP,” said Jonathan Glasson, lawyer for the Home Secretary. “You ensured the Russian intelligence services had eyes and ears in the Commons.”
“That's laughable,” replied Miss Zatuliveter. “I've done nothing wrong.”
Miss Zatuliveter denies having ever knowingly met with Russian intelligence. The hearing is expected to last nine days.