'Guardian' Correspondent Levels Plagiarism Charge at Reuters

Two Moscow journalists report very similar stories

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“Wow. Thanks to @Reuters for at least changing a few of the words from my story,” Miriam Elder, The Guardian’s Moscow correspondent, tweeted Thursday, suggesting that Reuters had either plagiarized or borrowed heavily from her work without crediting her.

Elder’s story, published Sept. 30, was about Polina Zherebtsova, an author who published her diary of the second Chechnya war.

“Polina Zherebtsova was 14 when the bombs started raining down,” Elder’s story began. “…From the start, Zherebtsova wrote about it, an act of catharsis as much as a document on the second Chechnya war.”

On Thursday, a month after Elder’s piece, Reuters’ Moscow correspondent Alissa de Carbonnel published her take on the story: “Polina Zherebtsova was 14 when the bombing began .



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