Ex-Russian spy Chapman accused of plagiarism

Anna Chapman, who was deported from the US last year, has been keeping a high profile in Russia.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2011, 14:23 PM IST

Moscow: Ex-Russian spy Anna Chapman is being accused of plagiarism.

Russian bloggers revealed on Tuesday that her column in the best-selling Komsomolskaya Pravda daily appears to have been copied from a book.

The 29-year-old who was deported from the United States last year along with nine other Russian sleeper agents has been keeping a high profile in Russia, modelling and taking a role in the pro-Kremlin youth movement.

In her column about the 19th century poet Alexander Pushkin who died in a duel with a French officer in 1837, Chapman mirrors an article in a book by pro-Kremlin spin doctor Oleg Matveyechev almost word-to-word, arguing that the 1917 revolution and the ensuing bloodshed could have been prevented if Pushkin had been around to write his "mature works”.

Chapman`s office was not immediately available for comment.

Bureau Report