CNN reports Russian president Dmitry Medvedev’s press secretary has confirmed that the president has indeed awarded 10 Russian spies who were arrested in June for spying on America with the highest state honor in a Kremlin ceremony held on Monday.
Since their return to Russia in July, all of the spies have kept out of sight except 28 year old Anna Chapman. Chapman pleaded guilty to espionage along with 9 other spies. She is now currently working for a Moscow based bank and has been spotted out partying and attending exclusive events. She also posed in sexy photo shoots for a Russian based men’s magazine as well as Maxim Russia. Chapman is also featured in an iPhone poker app. This may appear to some as the glorification of terrorist acts or at the very least good reward for bad behavior. The Russian spies were sent to the U.S. on a mission to do a job and it appears that in the eyes of President Medvedev, they were successful. So much so that their efforts warrant great acknowledgment and were therefore presented with Kremlin’s highest honor. This may be particularly troubling for citizens of the United States given the resemblance to certain aspects of the 9/11 attacks. Just like the terrorists of 9/11, these spies blended in with our society and lived among us, in this case for 10 years.
Though the spies have been awarded with the Kremlin, U.S. court complaint details blunders of Anna Chapman and the other alleged members of the sleeper ring. There were old school briefcase switches, cell phones listed to “99 Fake Street”, and the Russian spies were never able to gather any classified information. All this may leave many wondering why these spies are being celebrated and honored by their country. The thought that if these spies were successful, there could have been massive attacks on our country and that our security was in danger unbeknown to us as citizens is all too sobering. If low level spies with minimal capabilities were able to fly under the radar for this length of time without detection, then its very possible that there could be other possible threats within U.S at this very moment. The discovery of the spies was an embarrassment to Homeland Security and the continued celebration of the crimes they committed is a slap across face of the United States by Russia heard around the world .
Russia and the United States have both stated that the espionage scandal would not interfere with relations
Anna Schecter “Anna Chapman And Other Russian Spies Honored By Russian President” ABC News
Simon Shuster “Report: Russian spies get Kremlin’s highest honors” Herald Online
Jessica Pressler “Russian Spies’ Dumbest Mistakes” nymag.com