Yet another writer has laid claim to the ideas of the best selling novel The DaVinci code.
Straight off his legal win in a British lawsuit claiming that The DaVinci Code was plagiarized, Dan Brown finds himself immersed in another round of accusations in Russia. St. Petersburg scientist Mikhail Anikin claims that it was he that first decoded the Mona Lisa and coined the phrase “The DaVinci Code�? and he’s ready to take the best selling author to task for stealing his ideas. Anikin thinks that Brown may have stolen his theories after he shared them with a friend in 1998 during the exhibition of an American painter in St. Petersburg. He claims that he told his friend that his works could be used in a fiction work but only if he was credited. Like the British case, Anikin says that he published a book in 2000, which laid down the ideas for Brown’s book. Anikin’s theory of “decoding�? the Mona Lisa revolve around the famous painting being an allegory for the Christian Church.
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