Accused Russian Vows To Clear Her Name

24 December 2010, 11:04 | Updated: 24 December 2010, 11:09

A former parliamentary researcher accused of spying for Russia vowed today to clear her name and remain in Britain.

Katia Zatuliveter, 25, said she was trying to find a new job to support herself after being released from an immigration centre on bail.

The Russian, who worked for Lib Dem Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, faces deportation in the new year.

Her solicitor called her situation ``truly Kafkaesque'' as she would be judged on secret MI5 evidence she may not be able to see.

In a statement, Miss Zatuliveter said: ``I am not working for and have never worked for the Russian intelligence services.

``I have been released from detention on bail but I am having to abide by very difficult bail conditions.

``I have lost my job and am now looking for employment so that I can support myself but obviously given my situation it is very difficult.

``I do not understand why the deportation order has been made against me but I am determined to stay in the UK to fight to clear my name.''