Russia Spy Anna Chapman Waves Goodbye to U.S. Astronaut, AP Says

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Spy Anna Chapman showed up at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to wave goodbye to a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts heading to the International Space Station, the Associated Press reported.

Chapman, who has largely avoided the media since being deported from the U.S. in July, was at the launch today as an adviser to the president of FondServisBank, which works with companies in the space industry, the AP said, citing an unidentified official from Russian space agency Roscosmos. She declined to speak to reporters.

NASA’s Scott Kelly and Russia’s Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka are flying to the ISS on Russia’s first all-digital Soyuz TMA-01M rocket, according to the news service.

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