‘My darling teddy bear... there’s no-one more tender than you’

Former parliamentary aide and alleged Russian spy Katia Zatuliveter, 26, arrives at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London, where she won her battle to remain in the UK today and will not be deported after a tribunal ruled in her favour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. Zatuliveter, convinced the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) that she was not liaising with Russian spies while working for MP Mike Hancock, a member of the Defence Select Committee, with whom she had an affair. See PA story TRIBUNAL Spy. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Former parliamentary aide and alleged Russian spy Katia Zatuliveter, 26, arrives at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London, where she won her battle to remain in the UK today and will not be deported after a tribunal ruled in her favour. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 29, 2011. Zatuliveter, convinced the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) that she was not liaising with Russian spies while working for MP Mike Hancock, a member of the Defence Select Committee, with whom she had an affair. See PA story TRIBUNAL Spy. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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THE aide cleared of being a Russian spy called Mike Hancock her ‘teddy bear’ in diary extracts released after she won her appeal against deportation.

Details of the four-year relationship Katia Zatuliveter had with the Portsmouth South MP were revealed in the open judgement of the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, which concluded this week.

As evidence, the commission considered passages from Miss Zatuliveter’s diary in which she described her feelings for the 65-year-old Lib Dem MP.

In one extract she wrote: ‘My darling teddy bear. There is no-one more tender and more sincere than you.

‘You are the first person in the world who is willing to give me everything (well after my parents).

‘I so want to see you.

‘Let the moment of our next meeting come the soonest possible.

‘I love you, My King Louis!!!’

King Louis is believed to be a reference to the fictional orangutan of the same name from The Jungle Book.

Commenting on the diary extracts, the commission said it did not believe it was in the young researcher’s character to make up such an elaborate series of lies.

It wrote: ‘This entry must either be a contemporaneous and truthful statement of Miss Zatuliveter’s feelings or a subsequent fabrication.

‘If it is genuine it is, in our firm view, inconsistent with the appellant, aged 20, having been tasked beforehand to seduce a 60-year-old MP.’

As reported yesterday in The News, the panel dismissed Home Office allegations that the 26-year-old researcher only started seeing and working for the married father-of-two because she was acting under instructions from the Russian intelligence services.

In its conclusion it wrote: ‘The relationship with Mr Hancock was enduring and genuine on both sides.’

It was revealed that she had also began relationships with a Russian official and a 50-year-old Nato official, both of whom are unnamed in the judgment.

Mr Hancock said she had not done anything wrong.

‘We are all different and all strange in some ways,’ he said. ‘We all have strange lifestyles.’

He declined to comment on his relationship with his former aide but added that he regretted his behaviour.

‘I have been in Portsmouth a long time and you have to take the good with the bad,’ he said.

‘I will never run away and if I decide to leave it will be on my own terms.’