Either way, the allegation hints at an understood fact in the spy world: Sex is a well-worked method of coercion and blackmail. The Russian official, described in the indictment only as a former member of the Russian legislature and a top official at the Russian Central Bank, fits the description of Russian politician Alexander Torshin. The message came after a number of media articles mentioned Butina, whose prominence in American media bucks the norm for a Russian spy, the ex-officials agreed. Among the more memorable spies nabbed in the spy case is Anna Chapman, who posed as the founder of the website nycrentals. The Murphys used fake birth certificates to back up their identities. Devine hinted the Russian election meddling should have driven home the point the Russians are a real threat — still. He suggests Americans have let their guard down. Prosecutors also allege Butina offered sex with another person in exchange for a job with a special interest group.