The New York Times accuses Putin of plagiarism

13:10, 04 February 2009
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16 pages of his thesis were copied without attribution

The New York Times accused RF Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of plagiarism. According to "Putin’s Grasp of Energy Drives Russian Agenda" article by Andrew E.Kramer, as far back as 1997, while serving as deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Mr. Putin earned a graduate degree in economics, writing his thesis on the economics of natural resources.

Later, when scholars at the Brookings Institution analyzed the text, they found 16 pages had been copied without attribution from a 1978 American business school textbook called “Strategic Planning and Policy,” by David I. Cleland and William R. King of the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Putin has declined to comment on the allegation.

Tellingly, the passages they say were plagiarized relate to the indispensable role of a chief executive in planning within a corporation — the need for one man to have strategic vision and control.

The New York Times

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