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Anna Chapman goes from covert girl to cover girl

Anna Chapman, the glamorous figure at the centre of this summer's US-Russia spy scandal, has been threatened with legal action over a photoshoot that marked her first foray into Russian public life after a high-profile prisoner swap.

A video that surfaced online yesterday showed Ms Chapman arriving at a five-star hotel in central Moscow, apparently to take part in a photo session for a Russian glossy magazine.

Ms Chapman posted a new photograph to her profile on the website Facebook earlier this week. It appeared to have been taken from the photoshoot in the Baltschung Kempinski Hotel The newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda reprinted the picture.

Sources in the Russian media say that the photoshoot was for the October edition of the glossy Russian magazine Zhara. The photos will not be accompanied by an interview, on the orders of Ms Chapman's SVR bosses, according to the magazine.

Maxim Korshunov, the editor in chief of Zhara said his magazine now intended to sue Ms Chapman and Komsomolskaya Pravda for breach of copyright, as she had no right to disseminate the exclusive photographs online before their publication.

Yesterday Ms Chapman denied that she had received money for the shoot and claimed that she had not agreed to appear in any magazines.

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