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There are numerous Web sites in Russia that offer course and diploma projects, and dissertations. Services range from copy-editing to ready-to launch dissertations, including original proposal, research, writing, editing, and, in some cases, "defense" (that is, registering the dissertation as having been defended). Just to give you some idea, here's a sample site: http://studentbank.ru/?type=35
. The authorities make few, if any, attempts to curb this fake knowledge industry. This is truly scary.