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Dec052010

British MP Denies His Assistant Is Russian Spy

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- A Russian working as a parliamentary aide to a British MP has been taken into custody to face deportation proceedings amid claims she is a spy. Liberal Democrat Mike Hancock told the BBC, however, that his 24-year-old assistant was not guilty, nor was she working with especially classified information. The UK's Sunday Times reported on her arrest, claiming that a warrant was issued by MI5. Hancock expressed optimism about her appeal.

Anna Zatuliveter was first stopped in the summer and had been interviewed by police four or five times since. There is no word yet whether she will be deported.

The allegation comes after 10 Russian agents were expelled from the U.S. in July. The BBC reported that author Chapman Pincher believes spy games have increased because Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin seeks to elevate his country's status, and because espionage has become much easier due to the increased focus on terrorism.

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