Friday, September 9, 2011

Ukrainian President Accused of Plagiarism

Upon the publication of “Opportunity Ukraine,” a new book by Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich, journalists discovered that it contains numerous fragments borrowed verbatim from other people’s works, mostly from articles published by Ukrainian media. In particular, Vitaly Sych, the Editor-in-Chief of the Korrespondent journal, points out in his blog that Yanukovich has copied (without citation) whole paragraphs from a Korrespondent article about reforms in Hong Kong and Singapore, which Sych himself co-authored. Yanukovich’s spokesperson, Anna German, called the plagiarism accusations a “provocation,” suggesting that the disputable fragments might have been in fact copied by their alleged authors from some other (unspecified) earlier works of Yanukovich.

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