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    MP's 'spy' aide breaks silence

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    An MP's aide arrested over suspicions she has been spying for Russia has said she is "absolutely sure" she will win an appeal against deportation.


    In her first public remarks, Katia Zatuliveter claimed she had been kept in the dark about why she was being kicked out of the UK.


    Russian Miss Zatuliveter, 25, has been working for Liberal Democrat backbencher Mike Hancock for two-and-a-half years. She was arrested on Thursday morning and is being held at an immigration detention centre.


    In an email to BBC Russian, Ms Zatuliveter said: "I was arrested on Thursday at 7am and was told I would be deported. Nobody explained me why and this is my main concern. I was not told about the arrangement of the flight. I am in the process of appealing against the deportation and absolutely sure I will win it (if there is justice)."


    Meanwhile, two of Mr Hancock's constituents described the day Ms Zatuliveter showed them round the House of Commons on the MP's behalf.


    Jon Coles, who visited Westminster last year with his wife Georgina, said the young woman was "highly intelligent" and "very charming".