‘Spy ring’ woman’s London links

A woman at the centre of a transatlantic probe into spy allegations previously worked in the UK, it has been confirmed.

Anna Chapman was one of 10 people arrested in the US by the FBI for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia’s intelligence service.

According to reports Ms Chapman lived in the UK for around four years from 2003 and private plane hire firm NetJets Europe said she had been employed at its London office for a short period.

A company spokesman said: “We can confirm that Ms Chapman was employed by NetJets Europe from May to July 2004, as an executive assistant in the sales department.”

According to her profile on the networking website Linked In, Ms Chapman worked in London from September 2003 and also worked in the investment banking division at Barclays Bank and at Navigator hedge fund.

Barclays told the Daily Mail the bank had no record of an Anna Chapman working in its investment division at the time she claims to have been there in 2004 and 2005.

Nobody answered the phone at Navigator Asset Management Advisors.

Ms Chapman’s profile says she has run her own company, internet estate agency Property Finder Ltd, since October 2006 and is now based in New York. She claims to speak Russian, English, German and French and has a masters degree in economics from a Russian university.

It also says she studied financial planning at the UK-based BPP International Educational Centre.

According to reports in US newspapers Ms Chapman married a UK citizen but had since divorced. Ms Chapman’s Facebook page includes several glamorous photographs and a black and white photo showing her wearing what appears to be the uniform of the Young Pioneer organisation, the former Soviet Union’s equivalent of the Scouts.

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