Russian spy now faces copyright suit

Aug. 27, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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MOSCOW, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Russian magazine has threatened to sue exchanged spy Anna Chapman, saying she had no right to post a photo taken for its pages on her Facebook page.

Maxim Korshunov, editor in chief of Zhara, said Chapman and the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda, which picked up the photo from Facebook, stole copyrighted material, The Independent reported.

Chapman was one of 10 Russian spies unmasked in the United States this year. They were exchanged for several Russians imprisoned for allegedly working with the United States.

Under the exchange agreement, the spies are barred from selling their stories or otherwise capitalizing on their celebrity. It is unclear, however, if the United States could enforce the ban in Russia.

Chapman denies posing for pay in a shoot at the five-star Baltschug Kempinski Hotel in Moscow.

"The new pictures published today in Internet were made for my personal use and people that publish/print/sell those have no rights to them," she said on her Facebook page.

Sources in the Moscow publishing world said Zhara planned to publish a photo display featuring Chapman in its October issue.

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