MI5 is investigating whether a former KGB agent recruited his daughter, Anna Chapman, to work for the country’s secret services while living in London.More developments here.
Mrs Chapman told her British ex-husband that her father, Vasily Kushchenko, was a “high ranking” officer in the Russian security forces, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.
On Wednesday an MI5 officer interviewed Alex Chapman at his home in Bournemouth, Dorset, as part of the Security Service’s investigation into the background of Mrs Chapman, 28, who has been accused of spying in the US.
MI5 is trying to discover whether Mrs Chapman, who has British citizenship and a British passport, could have spied on Britain or was recruited here.
Alex Chapman, a 30-year-old trainee psychologist, married the then Anna Kushchenko in Moscow in 2002, five months after they met in a London nightclub. They divorced in 2006 but have remained in touch ever since.
Mr Chapman told The Daily Telegraph: “Anna told me her father had been high up in the ranks of the KGB. She said he had been an agent in 'old Russia’.
“Her father controlled everything in her life, and I felt she would have done anything for her dad.
“When I saw that she had been arrested on suspicion of spying it didn’t come as much of a surprise to be honest.
“Towards the end of our marriage she became very secretive, going for meetings on her own with 'Russian friends’, and I guess it might have been because she was in contact with the Russian government.”
Public school-educated Mr Chapman said he received a visit from MI5 on Wednesday morning, following the arrest last weekend of his ex-wife in the US together with nine others suspected of being part of a spy ring tasked with infiltrating political circles.
“The officer told me she would need everything and I told her what I knew,” he said. “It’s just totally weird to think that my ex-wife could be involved in something like this.”
Mrs Chapman, who has kept her married name despite being divorced, introduced her new husband to her father during their honeymoon in 2002 in Zimbabwe, where Vasily Kushchenko was serving as a diplomat.
“I asked her what her father’s job was and Anna just said he was there to represent the Russian government in certain areas of government,” said Mr Chapman.
“He didn’t trust anyone. He asked me why I had chosen a Russian bride and asked what business I had in Russia, and I said none.
“He was scary. He would never introduce me to other Russian people who came to the house and he always seemed to have a lot more security than the other diplomats. He had a Land Rover with blacked out windows and there was always one car in front of it and one car behind.”
Friday, July 02, 2010
'It’s Just Totally Weird to Think That My Ex-wife Could Be Involved in Something Like This'
Actually, it's not that crazy when you consider her daddy is a high-ranking KGB honcho.
Posted by JammieWearingFool at 10:14 AM