Historian Orlando Figes agrees to pay damages for fake reviews





One of Britain's leading historians, Orlando Figes, is to pay damages and costs to two rivals who launched a libel case after a row erupted over fake reviews posted on the Amazon website.

The award-winning Figes, professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London, admitted in April to posting critical reviews of books by a number of authors, including fellow historians Rachel Polonsky and Robert Service, praising his own work and rubbishing that of his rivals.

Initially, Figes denied the allegations, threatening legal action against colleagues, journals and newspapers that suggested he had written the reviews.

He contacted the TLS after its diary referenced comments from its website, and suggested "that Orlando Figes and orlando-birkbeck are one and the same", asking Figes to clear up the matter....


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