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Perfectly acceptable and yet…..

Perfectly acceptable, of course. And yet:

A team of investigators claim to have unmasked a deep-cover spy from Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU, who spent a decade posing as a Latin American jewellery designer and partied with Nato staff based in Naples.

The investigators say the woman went by the name of Maria Adela Kuhfeldt Rivera, and told people she met that she was the child of a German father and Peruvian mother, born in the city of Callao, Peru.

In fact, she was a career GRU officer from Russia, according to research by Bellingcat in partnership with a number of media outlets including La Repubblica in Italy and Der Spiegel in Germany, and shared with the Guardian before publication.

Much allegation of honey traps and all that. Thing is, that’s exactly the area I spent a couple of years in. The Lions Club she was secretary of was 3, maybe 4 km from our house. The actual village we’re talking about is Arco Felice. Where Sophia Loren comes from. A place where I’ve walked down the street and seen a dead ringer but 60 years younger – perhaps those genes coming out in a great great niece or summat.

Our spy here is a perfectly acceptable looking bird – but by the local standards for a Latin beauty she’s no great shakes. I’ve also spent years living in Moscow and she’d not win talent contests there either by the different local standards.

Thing is, if this is what the GRU are using to try and run honey traps maybe the GRU isn’t quite as omniscient as some think?

16 thoughts on “Perfectly acceptable and yet…..”

  1. I don’t think much of her taste in men.

    Look at him. He’s completely pixellated. 16k lightweight.

  2. Allthegoodnamesaretaken

    Good looking but not exceptional is exactly what you need to blend in.

    There’s plenty of men thinking with their little heads and not their big ones so you won’t need an absolute stunner.

  3. She’s exactly what the GRU would use. The stunners can be and are very selective about who they want to party with. The GRU are after boring mid-level functionaries who a stunner wouldn’t even acknowledge, and the guys know it. So an averagely pretty woman trained to be attentive in all the right ways will flatter those guys and smooth the way to indiscretions.

  4. The possibility of being targeted by a Russian honey trap did make me consider briefly a career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

  5. Surreptitious Evil

    The other way of looking at it, other than Tractor Gent’s, is that many sailors and squaddies (and this isn’t an officer versus enlisted differentiator) aren’t particularly discriminating when it comes to the opportunity to get their end away. “Go ugly early” was a common war cry when it went to runs ashore.

    Aircrew, obviously, are already so in love with themselves, women usually need welding gear to open up enough of a hole to get a decent hook in.

  6. TG has it right; most men aren’t that fussy, but if a moderately attractive woman pays attention to them they’ll go for it.
    Nessimmersion, yes Bellingcat = Western intel op.

  7. Nessimmersion – I was gunna say “plausible deniability”, but they’ve never been plausible. Doesn’t mean they’re lying about Madam Butterface, but they’re obviously lying about where the evidence came from because it’s preferable to admitting they’re an MI6 laundry service.

  8. TG – The GRU are after boring mid-level functionaries who a stunner wouldn’t even acknowledge, and the guys know it.

    Yarp. Different strokes for different folks.

    Epstein’s op recruited very attractive, very young women, because they were going after the rich and powerful, and because they wanted blackmail material.

    But a 47 year old functionary in the diplomatic service would, unless he’s a complete idiot, get very suspicious if a 22 year old Anna Kournikova lookalike with big boobies and steel thighs suddenly wanted to make the sex with him. A nice, safe, attainable-looking woman who’s willing to do blowjobbies is perfect – most middle aged blokes are just grateful to believe they can still pull.

  9. Bloke in North Dorset

    I love the way she was identified. Those super-brains in the FSB used sequential numbers in the passports they issued.

  10. “A nice, safe, attainable-looking woman who’s willing to do blowjobbies is perfect“

    I guess at some point it’s more about how they perform than how they look

  11. Aircrew, obviously, are already so in love with themselves, women usually need welding gear to open up enough of a hole to get a decent hook in.

    Not totally in love with myself, I (now ex-aircrew) haven’t done too badly overall thank you very much even with a certain inability to pick up on the clues.

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