March 26, 2011

Fake Diploma

How to get a fake diploma in Russia

The process takes three days. The first step is to choose the type of diploma — either an “old pattern” document of the style issued by Soviet or Russian institutions before 1996, or a “new pattern” document from more recent years. The “old pattern” documents costs 15,000 rubles, while those of the “new pattern” go for 20,000 rubles, Vladimir said. For an additional fee of 10,000 rubles, one can order a supplementary document — an academic record listing grades. The exact grades are a matter “to be discussed with the client,” but the final price does not depend on how high they are, he said.

“People prefer to put the grades 5 and 4,” Vladimir said with a chuckle, referring to the two highest grades in the Russian educational system.

While it is rare for anybody in Russia to lack a secondary education diploma, even those can be bought for 11,000 to 14,000 rubles, depending on the year of graduation.

To apply for a diploma, an applicant needs to enter his personal data and educational background in an online form. Once the form is submitted, the client receives “recommendations” regarding the most appropriate type of the educational establishment, although the client may also offer ideas, Vladimir said.

“We have samples of rectors’ signatures for most of the country’s educational institutes,” he said.

It is possible to see how the certificate will look in advance, with a scanned preview. No prepayment is required — payment is made only after a courier delivers the document.

Vladimir said that if a client wanted a real certificate listed in the official registry, with the real stamp of the institute and the real signatures of the professors, the price would be much higher — at least 400,000 rubles — and it would require a wait of about eight months.

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