Whether or not the 11 alleged Russian spies arrested this week ever succeeded at the task of espionage, they certainly did manage to pull off the trick of passing for run of the mill, mundane Americans.
The Los Angeles Times perhaps best captured the banality of the alleged spy ring's lives when it wrote: "The group led mundane lives far from the James Bond image. Instead of car chases and shootouts, they paid taxes, haggled over mortgages, and struggled to remember computer passwords."
Not surprisingly, neighbors and co-workers of those charged were shocked to learn the news. After all, some of them were, as one neighbor of the 'Murphys' of Montclair, NJ, put it, the "suburbs personified."
However, while they may not be straight from the pages of a John Le Carre novel, some of these 'spies,' particularly the 'bombshell' Anna Chapman, lived fairly colorful lives for people who were, theoretically, trying not to draw too much attention to themselves. Here's a quick guide to help you keep track of who is who and what is known about them.