Suspected Russian spy admits affair with Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock
This is from the UK. Lest you think that Russia is not in the spy business, here you go. To think that they don't infiltrate any country that they perceive as a threat, like Britain and the U.S. is of course, gravely naive.
A Russian woman accused of being a spy has admitted having a four-year affair with the Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock while she worked as his parliamentary researcher
The Lib Dem who loved me Miss Zatuliveter was a 20-year-old European Studies student at St Petersburg University when she first met Mike Hancock in April 2006. She had volunteered to work as a “chaperone” helping delegates at a Russia-EU conference in Moscow and was assigned to the British delegation, which included Mr Hancock and the then Labour MP John Austin.
Mr Hancock asked her out for a drink and then dinner, which she accepted.
“He made it clear from the beginning that he was interested in me romantically,” said Miss Zatuliveter in a statement.
“He asked me back to his hotel room but I didn’t go. He tried to kiss me on the lips in the lounge of the hotel. He said he wanted to sleep with me.”
After she refused to go with Mr Hancock to his room at the Hilton hotel, he gave her a CD and some cash. She accepted the CD as a gift but refused the cash, and denied the MP had been “suspicious” of her, or that he thought she was a prostitute.
But she kept a diary in which she detailed her “strong personal feelings” for Mr Hancock, starting on the day she first met him, April 29, 2006. One of her diaries, with a Gustav Klimt painting on its cover, was handed to the judges as evidence.
In June 2006, when Mr Hancock was next in Moscow, she accepted an invitation to meet him, saying it was because she wanted to practise her English.
The Home Secretary alleges she had already been recruited by the Russian Intelligence Services (RIS) and was part of a “honeytrap” operation.
Jonathon Glasson, for the Home Secretary, said: “The real motivation was so you could develop a sexual relationship with him, wasn’t it? You knew exactly what was going to happen.”
She said “absolutely not”, but nevertheless she and the MP began an affair which continued when she moved to Britain that year to study Peace Studies at Bradford University, when she and the MP would meet for sex at weekends.CONTINUE