Anna Chapman: from spy to plagiarist?


Anna Chapman watches the Alena Akhmadullina show during Volvo fashion week in Moscow on Monday. (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

The alleged Russian spy caught in the United States last summer was shipped back to her home country in a high-profile prisoner swap. She was greeted with instant celebrity status. As a second career, Chapman began work as a columnist for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. Some Russian bloggers, though, pieced together evidence that Chapman may be copying and pasting rather than writing.

The Associated Press reports that a recent column by Chapman about the 19th century poet Alexander Pushkin was almost word-for-word identical to a passage in a book by author Oleg Matveyechev. Chapman did not respond to requests for comment from the Associated Press.

The column remains online, with no comment about the accusations of plagiarism, but the newspaper does have a second story about Chapman: its leading headline refers to the FBI releasing documents on their 10-year investigation into Chapman and her fellow spies.

“They are very well versed in the technologies,” the paper quotes an assistant FBI director for counterintelligence.

Well versed, perhaps, in Google searches, where Oleg Matveyechev’s writings on Pushkin are easily found.

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