Anna Vasilyevna Chapman (a maiden name – Kushchenko) was born in Kharkov, roughly, according to account data in the social Odnoklassniki.Ru network, on February 23, 1982. According to the same source, from 1996 to 1997 she studied in the Volgograd gymnasium of an art and esthetic profile (the unique gymnasium in Russia for children sick with scoliosis) and in 1998 graduated from the Volgograd school No. 11. According to schoolmates when Chapman studied in the eighth grade, her father, Vasily Kushchenko, worked in embassy of Russia in Kenya. In some days after arrest ex-husband Chapman told that her father was “the employee of KGB” high rank, and completely supervised life of the daughter. At the beginning of 2000th it worked as the diplomat in Zimbabwe. It is known that mother Chapman call Irina.
From 1999 to 2003 she studied in Moscow on economics department of the Russian university of friendship of the people (RUDN).
After the termination of university of Chapman moved to Great Britain: according to her “the trip to London, planned for few weeks, was tightened for five years”. She got job in belonging to Warren Baffeta of the NetJets Europe company, prosecuted subjects of rent and sale of planes of a business class to Russia. From 2004 to 2005 Chapman worked in London in Barclays Bank, and in 2005-2007 was the marketing director and to a conclusion of actions to the exchange in Navigator hedge fund.
In October, 2006 Chapman became the director general of the PropertyFinder Ltd company based by it (in Russia it was registered as JSC Poisk nedvizhimosti). The company was engaged in development of a search engine of real estate Domdot.ru: idea of its creation of Chapman received from a personal experience of search of housing. The project Domdot.ru started in 2008 and first was guided only by the market of Moscow, Moscow area, London, then was expanded and on audience in the USA (a site NYCrentals.com). As wrote “Sheets”, on project start on the eve of the beginning of world financial crisis “business angels”, but the starting capital for the project as Chapman argued gave some million dollars, she received, having sold jewelry. It is remarkable that the Russian project Domdot.ru didn\’t become popular, it was visited by about 700 people per day. Subsequently the project ceased to function, however its domain lasted.
On June 27, 2010 Chapman was arrested in Manhattan by agents of FBI. Her and ten other people, including Mikhail Semenko, Michael Zottoli (Michael Zottoli), Donald Hitfild, Patricia Millz (Patricia Mills) and Wicky Pelayes (Vicky Pelaez) on June 28 accused of the hidden work on a foreign intelligence service, generally in favor of Service of external intelligence of Russia: in particular, it made attempt to catch data on nuclear weapons of the USA, policy concerning Iran, about heads of CIA and congressmen. As reported to the press, they supported contacts to the Russian agents, in particular, according to the investigation, Chapman exchanged on a wireless network data with the unnamed Russian official. According to the investigation, Chapman together with other accused has training preparation in Moscow, supervision over it was conducted with the beginning of 2010, and shortly before arrest to it the employee of the American intelligence services addressed. It was presented by the Russian scout and asked it to transfer the false passport to other Russian agent then it was arrested in an agreed place. However lawyer Chapman declared that she came to police office to give the false passport and to tell that tried to enlist it.
To release Chapman on the security in 250 thousand dollars the American court refused. Hearings of its business were appointed to July 27, 2010. The press noted that Chapman and other arrested of persons accused not of espionage, and in the hidden work on a foreign intelligence service as they couldn\’t get any classified information.
Chapman\’s arrest and other persons the Ministry of Foreign Affairs caused negative reaction Russian: according to the head of the ministry Sergey Lavrov, “the moment was chosen with special grace”, meaning under it the outlined improvement in the Russian-American relations after visit of president Dmitry Medvedev to the USA.