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Report: New York Times Pulitzer-Winning Story Depended on Russian News Outlet

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An article published in December 2016 that helped a team of New York Times reporters win a 2017 Pulitzer Prize drew a great deal of content from an independent Russian news site based in Latvia, bringing up thorny questions about how media giants capitalize on the work of local outlets.

The story by Andrew E. Kramer was one piece in a series about Russia that brought the Times the Pulitzer, but it “spells out the same narrative” as an article in the news website Meduza, according to BuzzFeed News. Kramer’s article focused on Aleksandr Vyarya, a computer programmer who fled Russia after refusing a government hacking job and whose experience was recounted in September 2015 by Meduza reporter Daniil Turovsky.

“The only thing which really makes me angry is that he [Kramer] got this Pulitzer Prize,” Ivan Kolpakov, the editor-in-chief of Meduza, told BuzzFeed. “It was our exclusive reporting on Aleksandr Vyarya.” – READ MORE

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