Alex & Anna Chapman honeymooned in Zimbabwe in March 2002 – and Mr Chapman took a picture of his new wife lying half-naked on their hotel bed
Mr Chapman met his ex-wife, born Anna Kushchenko, at a rave in London in 2001 when she was on a break from studying for an economics degree at Moscow University.
She was wearing ‘a stunning white dress and pair of red high heels’, he said, and that night he stole her away from her travelling partner and boyfriend. Within eight months they had married at a register office in Moscow.
They honeymooned in Zimbabwe in March 2002 – and Mr Chapman took a picture of his new wife lying half-naked on their hotel bed.
He said: ‘We were just having a bit of fun. We were in love.’ But he admits that early in their relationship there were signs that there was much more to Anna and her father.
He recalled: ‘We were going to a nightclub in Moscow, but the doormen were not letting us in. All of a sudden a guy got out of a Diablo [Lamborghini] car, had a word with the people on the door and we were just whisked through.
"Anna was great in bed and she knew exactly what to do. She was awesome. For the first few months we met for sex about five days a week. We loved it.
He took topless pictures of her and they played with sex toys: "the 27-year-old femme fatale loved to wear nipple clamps and wield a WHIP like an interrogator as they were Ivan it off."
And they had sex in a plane one time:
"When we were on the plane we came up with a plan to join the mile high club. I went to the toilet first and told her to follow later and knock.
"Anya was wearing a denim dress so I hitched it up and we just went for it. It was fantastic because of the thrill of doing it on a plane. We were in the toilet for about 15 minutes and then one of the cabin crew knocked on the door. I said Anya had been sick and I was helping her."
MI5 fears that Anna Chapman, described in FBI court documents as "a practised deceiver", may have recruited a network of sub-agents or "sleepers" before she left Britain in 2007.
MI5 is trying to find out whether Ms Chapman had links with intelligence officers working undercover as diplomats at Russia's embassy in London. The agency believes the embassy has up to 35 intelligence officers - or half the diplomatic staff.
Mr Chapman yesterday revealed lurid details and naked photographs of his former wife to the News of the World tabloid. After detailing their love lives, including sex on a flight to Moscow, Mr Chapman was quoted as saying the couple separated because "I was the creative person but she had become ambitious and materialistic".
A former boyfriend of Ms Chapman expressed astonishment at her arrest. Laurent Tailleur, 31, a businessman who now lives in Dubai, said: "There was nothing unusual about her. It seems very, very strange to me that she could be an agent."
The couple first met at Tramp, the London nightclub popular with celebrities and other wealthy individuals.
Within two months, she had moved in to Mr Tailleur's pound stg. 1 million flat off the King's Road in London's Chelsea. The couple holidayed in Paris and at a villa near St Tropez. "She was pretty and a very nice, simple girl. I was attracted to her," Mr Tailleur said.
He said he had originally suggested to Ms Chapman that she set up an internet estate agency called PropertyFinder.com.
"I last spoke to her about a month and a half ago. She called me and sounded very happy," he said.
"She was loving New York, and kept saying how much fun it was. The company was very successful, which was a bit of a surprise, especially so soon, but I was happy for her."
US authorities decided to end a decade of investigation and arrest suspects in the spy ring because of a threat to the case.
"Something happened that was going to affect them all," a senior law enforcement official told The Washington Post, without disclosing what occurred to prompt the June 27 arrests.
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