U.S. and Swiss scientific journals are continuing to publish scientific papers authored by Maria Vorontsova, the eldest daughter of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Russian media outlet Mozhem Obyasnit reported on its channel on Telegram on Sep. 5.
Vorontsova has a PhD in medicine, and is an endocrinologist by education. The outlet clarifies that links to her publications in Western scientific journals are available on the Moscow State University’s Istina (Truth) website, which collects scientific texts by all university staff.
"She writes articles on endocrinology and medicine for U.S. and Swiss publishers: The Endocrine Society and MDPI Publishing. Four papers by Vorontsova were published in 2022 and 2023", writes the outlet.
Is it considered good practice for journals to validate the background of the authors of submitted papers? Or are they supposed to be completely neutral and publish good papers with a complete disregard for what the background of the author is?