U.S. Academics charge Putin with plagiarism

  • 2006-03-29
  • By Julie A. Corwin, RFE/RL WASHINGTON
Thousands 's if not millions 's of pages have been written about Russian President Vladimir Putin, but little has been said about the dissertation he wrote in the mid 1990s for his candidate's degree in economics. Recently, a panel of scholars at the Washington-based Brookings Institute shined a spotlight on this little-known document. "Let me just make a flat statement about the quality of the dissertation," Clifford Gaddy, an economist at the Brookings Institute and a longtime specialist in the Soviet Union, told a March 24 conference. "It is very poor. It is poorly organized. It is poo...
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