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Glamorous ex-Russian spy Anna Chapman reveals she’s a yoga fan

Glamorous ex-Russian spy Anna Chapman poses on a yoga mat in her sports gear as she reveals she’s been using the relaxation method for 20 years to keep her weight down

  • The flame-haired former spy said she ‘found everything I was looking for in yoga’
  • She shared pictures of herself sitting on a yoga mat in a sports bra and leggings
  • Chapman was returned to Russia in 2010 in a spy swap involving Sergei Skripal 

Former Russian spy Anna Chapman has revealed she is a yoga fan and has been using the relaxation method for 20 years. 

The flame-haired Kremlin propagandist, who was deported to Russia in 2010 in a spy swap involving Sergei Skripal, said she had ‘found everything I was looking for in yoga’. 

The glamorous 37-year-old said she used yoga to control her weight and claimed to belong to the ‘coolest studio in Moscow’.  

She also shared two pictures of herself looking relaxed on a yoga mat with her hair tied up, wearing a bright blue sports bra and matching leggings. 

Yoga fan: Glamorous former spy Anna Chapman – who was thrown out of the United States in 2010 after admitting to espionage for Moscow – poses on a mat as she revealed she does yoga

Sports gear: The former spy shared pictures of herself looking relaxed on a yoga mat, wearing a bright blue sports bra and matching leggings

Sports gear: The former spy shared pictures of herself looking relaxed on a yoga mat, wearing a bright blue sports bra and matching leggings

Posting to her 640,000 Instagram followers, she said: ‘I’m often accused of not letting people into my personal life. There is such a thing. I appreciate security.

She went on: ‘But now I will tell you a personal thing. I have been doing yoga for 20 years. 

‘I have never spoken about this before, I did not give detailed interviews in healthy lifestyle magazines. I was not a member of vegan communities and other trends so fashionable today.

‘After the end of my rhythmic career in rhythmic gymnastics, I really missed the stretching. And I found everything I was looking for – in yoga.’

Saying she was part of the ‘coolest studio in Moscow’ she said she used yoga to help control her weight.    

Anna Chapman in Moscow in 2011

Anna Chapman in 2010

Glamorous: Former spy Anna Chapman, pictured left during a fashion show in Moscow and right in the Russian capital in 2010, the year she was returned to her homeland in a spy swap

The 37-year-old, who admitted spying for Russia in 2010, was once married to a British former public schoolboy. 

She worked at Barclays Bank and held a UK passport, which was later stripped by then-Home Secretary Theresa May.  

In 2009 she moved to New York but the following year she was exposed as part of a Russian spy ring and thrown out of the country. 

Chapman and nine other Russian secret agents were returned to Eastern Europe in exchange for four Western spies – including Sergei Skripal – in a dramatic swap in Vienna 2010. 

In the wake of the Skripal poisoning in March 2018 it emerged that her ex-husband, Alex Chapman, had died two years earlier. 

Anna Chapman in 2011

Former spy Anna Chapman

Former spy: Anna Chapman, pictured, has revealed to her 640,000 Instagram followers that she practises yoga and belongs to the ‘coolest studio in Moscow’ 

The former spy next to the Statue of Liberty in New York

Anna Chapman walks a Turkish catwalk at a fashion show in Antalya, Turkey

Before and after: Anna Chapman visits New York’s Statue of Liberty (left) during her time in the United States and walks at a fashion show (right) following her return to Russia 

Since moving back to Russia Chapman has worked as a TV presenter on a show called Mysteries of the World for Ren-TV.  

In 2015 it was reported she had given birth to her first child, a boy.   

Chapman – who also runs her own label fashion boutiques in Moscow – is seen as a Kremlin propagandist and is believed to have made a fortune since her return to Russia.  

Last year she claimed her country was able to defeat the West’s ‘propaganda’ to stage a successful World Cup.

Visitors saw ‘the real picture of what Russia truly is,’ she said. This was ‘despite propaganda efforts from the West’.   

The 37-year-old, who admitted spying for Russia in 2010, was once married to a British former public schoolboy

She worked at Barclays Bank and held a UK passport, which was later stripped by then-Home Secretary Theresa May

Fashionable:  Since moving back to Russia Chapman has worked as a TV presenter on a show called Mysteries of the World for Ren-TV

Spy swap: American and Russian aircraft stand on the tarmac during an exchange of spies in Vienna in 2010 which involved both Anna Chapman and Sergei Skripal

Spy swap: American and Russian aircraft stand on the tarmac during an exchange of spies in Vienna in 2010 which involved both Anna Chapman and Sergei Skripal 

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