Support The Moscow Times!

Kremlin's New Anti-Corruption Chief Accused of Plagiarism

A grassroots anti-plagiarism group has accused the head of the Kremlin's newly created anti-corruption department of cheating on his doctoral thesis.

Oleg Plokhoi, whose name means "bad" in Russian, defended his dissertation at the Federal Penitentiary Service's in-house judicial academy in 2006.

But said Tuesday that about 62 of the thesis' 152 pages on staffing principles of Russian law enforcements had been borrowed from other books without proper attribution.

Plokhoi, 45, who was appointed to his job last week by President Vladimir Putin, had not commented on the allegations by the time of this article's publication.

He served in the KGB and its successor, the FSB, prior to joining the Kremlin administration in 1999. was formed in 2011 and bases its studies on digital text analysis services. It has identified what it says is the theft of written work by numerous high-ranking officials, including Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, Investigative Committee head Alexander Bastrykin and several federal legislators.

Most have denied allegations of plagiarism.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.