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Today in Aleksey Vayner: Everyone Hating On Aleksey

It’s all plagiarism, publicity and murder today in Aleksey Vayner. Gawker and IvyGate are full up with reader emails about the young man. He’s made it into the mainstream media–not just the New York Sun. Our favorite comment comes from one Gawker reader who notes: “It seems that he learned his English by watching late night infomercials. His speech is just a randomized string of motivational cliches.”
• IvyGate spills all it has on Aleksey. The gist: bragged about killing people in Tibet, kinda sucked at tennis, might have ripped off his hedge fund’s website, totally ripped off his cease and desist letter, and comes off as, you know, totally crazy-pants. [IvyGate]
• Gawker uses up its monthly quota on the word “douchebag” trying to sum up its readers thoughts on Aleksey. [Gawker]
• Aleksey hits the Associate Press, who note that Aleksey was “highlighted on blogs” but seem a bit allergic to noticing which blogs actually highlighted it. (Credit should go to IvyGate, Wall Street Folly, Gawker and some other blog you’ve probably heard of.) [Houston Chronicle]
• Aleksey finally goes international, hitting Britain’s Metro website. [Metro]
• Aleskey is fit to print. He’s made the New York Times now. [DealBook]
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  • 09 Oct 2006 at 1:16 PM
  • Academia

Today In Aleksey Vayner: He’s Very Popular!

alekseyvayneralekseyvayner.jpgThe Aleksey Vayner story continued to erupt today, splattering its hot flow all over the internets and even onto a real, inky fingers newspaper. Here’s a quick rundown of all the latest news on Aleksey Vayner.
• Under the name Aleksey Garber, he was the subject of a withering profile in Yale’s Rumpus. [IvyGate]
• The New York Sun runs an article on the Vayner video. Not much by way of new facts here but notable because the story has now officially broken out of the confines of the internet and email forwards. [New York Sun]
• Vayner is sending out cease and desist letters to bloggers posting his photos and video. [IvyGate]
• A woman who seems to be Vayner’s sister was profiled on CNN Money a year and a half ago. She’s a real-estate investor and seems as enamored as Aleksey with motivational speaking. [CNNMoney.com]
• IvyGate calls Vayner the “Lord of Lies” in an item citing “Vayner’s fraudulent investment firm,” “Vayner’s fraudulent charity,” and “Vayner’s fraudulent book about the Holocaust.” Here’s what they say. The firm: might not exist at all, Aleksey seems to lack proper licensing and may have plagiarized the firm’s website. The charity: probably totally bogus and sports a seal of approval from a charity rating organization that it never earned and has been asked to remove. The book: entire section seems copied from an encyclopedia. [Ivy Gate]
• Aleksey Vayner is super popular…on FaceBook. He’s got 743 friends!
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