Anna Chapman, the Russian spy expelled from the United States who has since become some kind of right wing ideologue back in her home state, has been accused of plagiarism in an article on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.Chapman wrote an article on Pushkin (the romantic-era Russian poet considered as important as Shakespeare in Russia, yet apparently ‘untranslatable’) for a column published Monday in paper Komsomolskaya Pravda — here’s its Google translated headline: “If Pushkin had to write his mature works, then perhaps there would be no revolution and the murder of the king!”.
Unfortunately, it appears that Chapman is in fact no Pushkin scholar.
Worse still, she didn’t even plagiarize from a Pushkin scholar, instead choosing to lift entire passages from United Russia spin doctor Oleg Matveichev, a man who thinks that Pushkin was killed in a “European plot” and that United Russia’s opposition should be gathered in a city square and run over with tanks.
The Moscow Times reports that Pushkin’s death is often invoked for political reasons. “The history of such uses of Pushkin is a trashy novel in its own right,” Princeton University professor Caryl Emerson told the paper.
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