Sunday, March 26, 2006

Big Week for Plagiarists

First Box Turtle Ben, then George Bush's good friend Vladimir Putin. Guess Smirky McAWOL didn't see the plagiarism when he looked into Putin's heart and soul. If I had Photoshop, I'd be changing the "Red State America" banner to "Red State Plagiarist" with Vlady's picture.

The Sunday Times (uk): Putin accused of plagiarising his PhD thesis

THE career of President Vladimir Putin of Russia was built at least in part on a lie, according to US researchers. A new study of an economics thesis written by Putin in the mid-1990s has revealed that large chunks of it were copied from an American text.

Putin was labelled a plagiarist yesterday after a pair of researchers at the Brookings Institution, a Washington DC think tank, established that the Russian president’s academic credentials were based on a dissertation he had lifted in part verbatim from the Russian translation of a management study written by two professors at the University of Pittsburgh in 1978.


According to Clifford G Gaddy, a senior fellow at Brookings, 16 of the 20 pages that open a key section of Putin’s work were copied either word for word or with minute alterations from a management study, Strategic Planning and Policy, written by US professors William King and David Cleland. The study was translated into Russian by a KGB-related institute in the early 1990s.

The Washington Times reported yesterday that six diagrams and tables from the 218-page thesis also appeared to “mimic” similar charts in the US work. The newspaper quoted Gaddy as saying: “There’s no question in my mind that this would be plagiarism.”


yellojkt said...

Putin is a pagiarist? We know he's also a thief since he gave milittary intelligence to Saddam. It's good to have such good close friends.

I came up with Top Ten Excuses Used By Plagiarists. Don't steal it.

truth said...

Is that a gauntlet, thrown down?