It’s somewhat exciting to watch failed Russian spy Anna Chapman cling to fame in her native land, mostly because we all helped create her. With the collective assistance of the New York tabloids, along with the panting blogosphere, men’s magazines and of course her fans in the motherland, Chapman has been able to turn getting caught into making money, and possibly a serious political career, with a barrage of media appearances. As 2010 became 2011, Ms. Chapman was front and center, looking good and mocking spies.
The above video shows Chapman, all done up, in a parody of the famed Soviet series Seventeen Moments of Spring, starring the fictional protagonist Maxim Isayev, who works undercover as Stirlitz, a.k.a. Russia’s James Bond.
The clip is set to romantic piano music, and unfortunately it’s in Russian, but the laugh-track seems to love it. The plot goes a little something like this, via AFP:
“They had never met, because in the United States they do not show ‘Seventeen Moments of Spring’,” intoned the voiceover.
“‘What a beautiful woman’, Stirlitz thought. ‘It is a shame that the years have not changed me. I am still the same, reserved, modest, and nervous’,” it added.
At the end of the film, the picture turned to colour and Chapman told the nation that love should never be an undercover secret.
“If you have love hidden deep your heart you will never succeed in concealing it. It is best to come out with it. And New Year’s night is the best time for this,” she said holding a glass of champagne.
But it’s not all in fun. According to the report, Chapman is headed for politics. She has already joined a “pro-Putin” youth group and may be involved in the upcoming parliamentary elections. The video “appears to be a serious attempt by state media to present Chapman as an exemplary young patriot devoted to the motherland.” And all of a sudden, Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin make more sense.