Former tech-challenged Russian spy hits the modeling runway

The red-headed Russian whose spy ring made tech blunder after tech blunder on its way to being summarily deported from the U.S. is now prowling the catwalk at fashion shows.

Anna Chapman took to the runway at the Turkish resort town of Antalya last weekend and donated her fee to a charity for children with poor eyesight, according to the Associated Press.

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After making a splash two years ago as a member of a technology-challenged band of sleeper spies, she made her way back to her homeland where she has made public appearances with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, posed for Maxim magazine, appeared on TV regularly and even served a stint as an IT consultant for a bank.

She continues to flirt with technology, editing the Venture Business News, an online magazine in Russian and English. She also hosted a weekly television show called "Mysteries of the World With Anna Chapman," that included segments on astrology and wizards of the 21st century.

Tim Greene covers Microsoft for Network World and writes the Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at tgreene@nww.com and follow him on Twitter @Tim_Greene.

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