Melania Trump and 5 Other High-Profile Plagiarizers

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Vladimir Putin
The Russian president’s graduate thesis came under fire in 2006, when two researchers for the Brookings Institution found that of the 20 pages that opened the paper’s second section, 16 were either lifted wholesale or barely altered from the 1978 resource-management text “Strategic Planning and Policy”, written by David I.

Cleland and William R. King of the University of Pittsburgh. While Putin did cite the work as one of his primary sources, it gave no indication that passages were being lifted verbatim from the earlier text.