Russian spy Anna Chapman arrives in Kazakh cosmodrome to watch space launchBy AP
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Russian spy Chapman waves goodbye to astronauts
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — Red-haired Russian spy Anna Chapman has appeared in southern Kazakhstan to wave goodbye to a U.S.-Russian crew that will go into orbit early Friday.
Clad in a scarlet coat, Chapman was seen at a farewell ceremony for U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly and two Russian cosmonauts in Baikonur, a Russia-leased cosmodrome in southern Kazakhstan.
The crew will blast off for the International Space Station for a five-month mission.
Chapman told an Associated Press reporter that she has “just arrived.”
Accompanied by a burly man who blocked her from reporters, Chapman hastily walked to a guarded guest house near the launch pad.
Chapman was one of 10 Russian spies deported from the U.S. in July. Her sultry photos gleaned from social-networking sites made her a tabloid sensation.
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