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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Well the mother of one of the alleged Russian spies arrested in the United
States has defended her saying she is no Mata Hari.

Formal charges have been laid against eleven alleged members of a Kremlin spy ring and the case
could go before the courts later today.

But to keep the secret world of espionage secret, there are reports the US and Russia are planning
a cold war style prisoner swap.

Karen Barlow reports.

KAREN BARLOW, REPORTER: The family of Anna Chapman is stunned she is one of 10 people arrested in
the US for being a Russian spy.

IRINA KUSHCHENKO, ANNA CHAPMAN'S MOTHER (TRANSLATOR): She didn't want to do anything bad, but she
has got her parents into trouble, caused problems for the people with whom she worked, and for her
friends, and she is suffering far more due to the knowledge of this, than because of the situation
that she finds herself in right now.

KAREN BARLOW: The New York based real estate agent was arrested by the FBI on June the 27th as a
Russian 'deep cover' sleeper agent.

Like the others, she has been charged with acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

They were not charged with the more serious crime of espionage, because there is no proof they
passed on top secret information.

IRINA KUSHCHENKO (TRANSLATOR): I don't consider her to be some kind of Mata Hari, She has the
normal life of a 28-year-old woman.

YEKATERINA KUSHCHENKO ANNA CHAPMAN'S SISTER (TRANSLATOR): I saw everything on the internet, and at
first thought that maybe it was kind of PR trick to attract people to our Web site, then I realised
that no, this is really not a joke at all.

KAREN BARLOW: The details are specific false passports, encrypted radio, code words and fake names.

The Americans say they swooped on the alleged spy cell before the accused members had a chance to
flee the country.

Anna Chapman's mother says there was Russian Government assistance but her daughter is no spy.

IRINA KUSHCHENKO (TRANSLATOR): The Moscow Government helped her in her business. She has a degree
in economics and she had to write a business plan and as a result she won a tender in micro
entrepreneurship and was given a gratuity.

KAREN BARLOW: The 10 people arrested in the US are due to appear before a federal court in New York
later today.

An 11th suspect was arrested in Cyprus but Christopher Metsos subsequently vanished after being
freed on bail.

IRINA KUSHCHENKO (TRANSLATOR): I told her that everything should turn out fine and that, 'there's
nothing to accuse you of, because you came of your own accord and did everything yourself.'

KAREN BARLOW: But this could all be resolved very soon.

A meeting between the Russian Ambassador and a senior State Department official in Washington has
led to unconfirmed talk of a prisoner swap.

At least four Russian names have been put forward including nuclear weapons scientist, Igor
Sutyagin, who is serving a 14 year prison term for passing secrets to the CIA.

DMITRY SUTYAGIN, IGOR SUTYAGIN'S BROTHER (TRANSLATOR): From Igor's conversation with a general, it
became clear that this question was being solved on the highest level, most likely with the
involvement of Russian and US presidents.

despite everything, he asks that everybody be aware that he did not commit this crime and he
considers himself to be innocent.

KAREN BARLOW: The last major known Russia/US spy swaps took place in 1986, including a sensational
public exchange on a bridge between East Germany and West Berlin.

In this post cold-war world, the latest diplomatic incident is yet again frosting relations between
the two superpowers.

Karen Barlow, Lateline.