Vladimir Medinsky

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Vladimir Medinsky
Мединский Владимир Ростиславович
Министр культуры РФ Владимир Мединский.jpeg
Minister of Culture
Assumed office
May 21, 2012
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev
Preceded by Aleksander Avdeev
Personal details
Born Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky
(1970-07-18) July 18, 1970 (age 46)
Smila, Cherkasy Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR (Today Ukraine)
Political party Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Before 1991)
Independent (1991–1995)
Our Home-Russia (1995–2000)
Unity (1999–2001)
United Russia (2001–present)
Alma mater Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Profession Professor
Doctor of Sciences in politic and historic studies
Religion Russian Orthodox Christian
Website http://www.medinskiy.ru/

Vladimir Rostislavovich Medinsky (Russian: Владимир Ростиславович Мединский, Ukrainian: Мединський Володимир Ростиславович) (born July 10, 1970) is a Russian political figure, publicist, professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations who was a member of the Russian Presidential Commission to counter the attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia's interest.[1] and since May 2012 served as the Minister of Culture.[2] He is a member of the General Council of the United Russia party. His dissertation thesis and publications on history of Russia were criticized as plagiarism and pseudoscience.

Dissertations and accusation of plagiarism[edit]

  • 1997 - defended Doctoral dissertation in political science
  • 1999 - defended Higher Doctoral dissertation in political science[3]
  • June 2011 - defended Higher Doctoral dissertation in history in the Russian State Social University: "Problems of objectivity in the illumination of Russian history from the second half of the 15th to 17th centuries".

The third thesis of 2011 has been widely debated in the Russian media and a large number of fragments have been shown to bear a significant resemblance to existing academic works, which caused numerous accusations of plagiarism.[4][5]

On 23 May 2014, the Dissernet community declared to have found plagiarism in two previous dissertations by Medinsky, of 1997[6] and 1999.[7] According to Dissernet's expertise, in the first thesis 87 pages out of 120 have been borrowed from the thesis of Medinsky's scientific advisor S.A.Proskurin. In the second thesis, 21 pages textually coincide with other people's works.[3][8]


Vladimir Medinsky supports removal the Vladimir Lenin's body from the Lenin's Mausoleum to bury it.[9][10]


Medinskiy present his books in Ryazan, 2009
  • The Wall (Стена), 2012, ISBN 978-5-373-04522-3
  • Myths about Russia (Мифы о России), Series of books by Vladimir Medinskiy
  • Legal basis for commercial advertising by Vladimir Medinskiy and Kirill Vsevolozhskiy, ISBN 5-901084-01-2
  • Scoundrels and geniuses PR. From Rurik to Ivan the Terrible by V. Medinskiy, 2011, ISBN 978-5-388-00487-1


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Political offices
Preceded by
Aleksander Avdeev
Russian Minister of Culture
May 21, 2012–present