Former spy Anna Chapman reveals emotion after Russia beat Spain


Flame-haired former spy Anna Chapman has admitted she lost her voice and wept tears of happiness after Russia beat Spain in the World Cup

The ex-secret agent, 36, who was expelled from the US in 2010 after the FBI caught her spying prompting Theresa May to strip her of her UK passport, had appeared pensive before the game at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

But after Russia edged out Spain 4-3 on penalties, the pro-Putin blogger and TV presenter, revealed: ‘I have never shouted so loud. 

Anna Chapman at at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow before the match with Spain 

Anna Chapman at at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow before the match with Spain 

‘For the first time in my life I lost my voice and cried with happiness.’ 

‘I would like to thank our players, and the coach, for the emotions that I felt and all who were rooting for Russia today.

‘Thank you! We are with you!’ It helps when we’re at home – the support of the fans, the emotions.’

The country’s ‘most glamorous fan’ Natalya Nemchinova, 28, was revealed to have correctly predicted the result to a TV channel controlled by the Russian defence ministry.  

Super fan Natalya – famous for writhing in a tiny white top emblazoned with the word ‘Russia’, won praise for accurately predicting the result.

The former spy admitted she was overwhelmed with emotion after the game and lost her voice from shouting so loudly 

The former spy admitted she was overwhelmed with emotion after the game and lost her voice from shouting so loudly 

She told the Defence Ministry’s TV channel Zvezda ahead of the game the the score would be 1-1.

‘We will end up with penalties,’ she said.  

Nemchinova has become a national figure for her enthusiastic backing of the team, despite revelations over her past as an adult film star.  

Hero of the victory Igor Akinfeev, the Russian goalkeeper who saved two penalties, was lauded on social media as ‘captain fantastic’ with one viral image showing him with octopus-like hands everywhere, and another portraying him on an icon as a god.

Russia's goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev reacts as he celebrates saving the ball in a penalty shootout against Spain

Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev reacts as he celebrates saving the ball in a penalty shootout against Spain

Russia players celebrate after a Spain player missed his penalty during the shootout after 1-1 draw following extra time

Russia players celebrate after a Spain player missed his penalty during the shootout after 1-1 draw following extra time

Akinfeev, 32, named man of the match for his goalkeeping heroics, underplayed his achievements even as he was lauded on social media for his role in the victory.

‘I don’t feel that I’m the best player. The game turned out to be exciting,’ he said.

‘We wanted to attack more, but there’s no team who could attack more in a match against Spain. We were lucky today,’

‘We were hoping for penalties. We are having a fantastic World Cup.

‘Not just our fans, but the fans of other countries are getting a sense of this atmosphere and understood that Russians really know how to play football and want to play football.’

Car horns blared across Russia’s 11 time zones as fans partied through the night, forgetting current problems like rising petrol prices and an unpopular hike in the retirement age announced by the government. 

Jubilant Russians took to the streets across the 11 time zones of their country including int the capital Moscow (pictured) 

Jubilant Russians took to the streets across the 11 time zones of their country…



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