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Late last year, Russian newspapers reported what would have qualified as a stunning piece of news almost anywhere else: The chairman of the country’s largest parliamentary body had been exposed as a plagiarist. Sergei Naryshkin, the former chief of staff in Vladimir Putin’s administration and a prominent member of his United Russia party, stood accused of receiving the Russian equivalent of a doctoral degree on the strength of a dissertation in which more than half of the pages contained material lifted from other sources.

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In a satisfying twist, one of the uncredited guests in Naryshkin’s thesis—a 196-page paper titled “Foreign Investment in Russia as a Factor in Economic Development”—was an unabashedly liberal economist named Vladislav Inozemtsev. “It’s quite amusing that a prominent member of United Russia decided to turn to my article,” Inozemtsev said at the time. “It seems he found it to be of good quality.”

Of course, no one really believed that Naryshkin had read Inozemtsev’s article or that he was guilty of copying it himself. Rather, he was suspected of paying a ghostwriter to produce a thesis in his name, then bribing academic officials to secure its certification. Naryshkin probably never even read the dissertation that had earned him his degree.  

In the United States, the exposure of a government official of Naryshkin’s stature as a plagiarist would likely set off a major scandal. (Imagine if Paul Ryan was found to have written an economics paper in which he had borrowed liberally from Paul Krugman.) Naryshkin’s fate hasn’t been so dire. After giving a half-hearted statement in his own defense—“I was told that some website published some information. But I trust the judgment of real scientists”—he continued doing his job as though nothing out of the ordinary had happened.

To be fair, nothing much had. As Naryshkin himself surely knew when the accusations against him were leveled, he is just one of more than 1,000 high-achieving, well-heeled Russians who have recently been caught plagiarizing large parts of their dissertations.

Many of the alleged fraudsters are politicians. Some are judges. Others are prosecutors, police officials, and heads of universities; one was a bureaucrat in charge of overseeing Russia’s circus industry. In the past few years alone, there have been credible allegations of dissertation plagiarism made against Russia’s minister of culture, the governor of St. Petersburg, and the head of the country’s top federal investigating authority. Just in the past month, copy-and-pasting has been discovered in the dissertations of the deputy finance minister of the Russian republic of Mordovia and a government adviser on justice who is the putative author of a thesis comparing legal principles in Russia and the West.

While the problem of academic fraud exists all over the world, the pervasiveness of the deception in Russia is unparalleled.

In all these cases, the alleged fraud was exposed by members of a volunteer organization that calls itself “Dissernet”—the “website” Naryshkin referred to so dismissively. Started in early 2013 by a handful of scientists and journalists, the group has undertaken the task of identifying and publicly shaming government functionaries, academic administrators, and members of Russia’s so-called elite who allegedly hold advanced degrees they did not earn through legitimate means. Using software that looks for sections of text that resemble previously published work, Dissernet has, to date, identified roughly 5,600 suspected plagiarists and published damning reports on about 1,300 of them. In an exposé posted earlier this year, Dissernet showed that 1 in 9 members of the Russian State Duma—the parliamentary body that Naryshkin presides over—had received their diplomas using dissertations that contained large portions of other people’s work and that had, most likely, been purchased from ghostwriters.

Andrei Rostovtsev, a physicist who co-founded Dissernet and developed its plagiarism-detection software, explained to me how the group catches its quarry. “Currently we’re doing doctors,” he said. “The machine is constantly working, and it chooses suspicious cases. So, we see from the state library that roughly 100,000 doctors have defended theses in the last 15 years. The machine chooses a paper from this digital bank, analyzes it for overlaps, and if there are too many matches, it flags it for us. Then our volunteers examine it by hand. And this process is running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Dissernet is best understood as a diffuse network of anonymous activists, described by one of the group’s leaders in a recent article as being motivated by a concern that Russian science “has become a breeding ground for the development of low and shameful human vices—vanity, hypocrisy, and the will to achieve professional success through dishonest methods.” Rostovtsev estimates that there are several dozen people around the world contributing to the effort on a regular basis while he and a few other core members serve as its public face.

The organization’s informal structure—it has no physical headquarters or central bank account—is essential to its survival. Serguei Parkhomenko, a prominent liberal journalist who joined Dissernet after writing extensively about its early disclosures, explained recently that “when there is no head, there is nothing to tear off.” Still, the group’s leaders have faced occasional bursts of hostility from the powerful individuals that Dissernet targets. One of the founders was accused of tax evasion earlier this year, and just last week, Parkhomenko was called in for questioning by investigators from the Ministry of Internal Affairs.  

“A Russian Donald Trump would certainly have a dissertation—maybe two or three.”

Andrei Zayakin, co-founder of Dissernet

Some of the intellectual theft Dissernet has identified is comic in its brazenness and absurdity. Duma member Igor Igoshin allegedly earned his economics degree by turning someone else’s paper on the Russian chocolate industry into a thesis on meat; the dissertation replaced every mention of “chocolate” with “beef,” “dark chocolate” with “home-grown beef,” and “white chocolate” with “imported beef.” All numbers, charts, and analysis were preserved in their original form. More recently, Dissernet revealed that an oncologist named Yuri Tsarapkin had handed in a medical article about breast cancer that was adapted—data and all—from someone else’s paper on stomach cancer. That paper, which was presented as a study of human subjects, turned out to have been plagiarized from yet another source: a study of cancer in dogs and rats.

While academic fraud exists all over the world, the pervasiveness of the deception in Russia is unparalleled, as is the extent to which it is tolerated. As MIT historian Loren Graham points out, even Vladimir Putin has been accused, in a 2006 investigation by the Brookings Institution, of plagiarizing parts of his Ph.D. thesis in economics. It has not had much effect on the Russian president’s career. “The fact that that had no resonance—doesn’t that sort of tell you what’s going on?” said Graham, who specializes in the history of Russian science. “If Putin can get away with it, it’s a blessing for others to do the same thing.”

Quantifying the scale of Russia’s plagiarism problem is difficult, but based on the data it has collected so far, Dissernet estimates that improper borrowing can be found in about 4 percent of all dissertations defended in the country. That doesn’t include ghostwritten work that is plagiarism-free: According to Ararat Osipian, who completed a Ph.D. on academic corruption at Vanderbilt University and is now doing field work on the subject in Ukraine, between 20 percent and 30 percent of all dissertations that have been completed at Russian universities since the fall of the Soviet Union were purchased on the black market.

This market feeds on the Russian elite’s surprisingly intense yearning for the markers of academic status. According to Parkhomenko, Russian bureaucrats, lawmakers, doctors, and businesspeople regard advanced degrees as part of the same “package of success” as expensive jewelry, fancy cars, and giant homes. “If a person has achieved this—if he could get himself this title, it is supposed to mean he is capable of something in life,” Parkhomenko said. “It means he’s worthy of respect.”

Andrei Zayakin, another Dissernet co-founder, summed it up this way: “A Russian Donald Trump would certainly have a dissertation—maybe two or three.”

The purpose of Dissernet is not merely to discredit these individuals. Its greater mission, its leaders told me, is to restore the very concept of “reputation” in Russian society.  

“We want to show that reputation matters—that it means something,” said Parkhomenko. “The fake dissertations are just part of what we call the reputational catastrophe in Russia—an anti-meritocracy in which people who have the most success and who can achieve the most influence are not those who deserve it, but those who do not present themselves as who they really are.” 

The prevalence of academic fraud in Russia is fueled in part by the structure of the country’s higher education system. Unlike their American counterparts, would-be academics in Russia can receive doctoral degrees without doing any substantial coursework, as long as they convince a “dissertation board” to approve their theses. These dissertation boards exist inside universities, where they are organized by discipline and staffed by faculty members; there are several thousand of them throughout the country. “If it’s a big university, they might have 10 of these boards, each one devoted to a different academic field—one for European history, one for Russian history, one for philology, one for French language, one for philosophy, and so on,” said Parkhomenko.

Over the past 25 years many of these boards have become corrupt, with faculty members and academic advisers taking bribes in exchange for rubber-stamping obviously shoddy, or stolen, work, according to Osipian, who is not a member of Dissernet. “Everyone wants to get his cut,” he said. “You bought a dissertation, fine, but you still have to pay the people on the board to let this dissertation go through. At these universities, everyone needs money—they are all overworked and underpaid.”

“You can just pay the money and forget about it, and then they’ll bring you your diploma at home.”

Serguei Parkhomenko, a Dissernet member

Corrupt dissertation boards, according to Zayakin, are the “core” of the supply chain for academic fraud, and some of them “have effectively become places where fake degrees are manufactured.” But what really makes the system hum is the thriving marketplace of dissertation-writing firms, which often masquerade as mere academic consultancies, that broker deals for buyers. For the most part, these firms do their business out in the open and are easy to find by looking up “dissertation for order” on Google or the Russian search engine Yandex. One representative outfit sports a user-friendly website featuring a picture of a smart-looking man in glasses and offering dissertations for the bargain price of 100,000 rubles (about $1,500). Your order can be ready in as little as 30 days. Customer reviews promise excellent outcomes: “Oleg” reports that the dissertation he received from the company was “perfectly done” and was approved by every expert who examined it. “I couldn’t have done it this well myself,” he avows.

Who is responsible for actually producing the text these companies supply to their clients remains something of a mystery, said Zayakin, though most likely it varies: “We have no access to the internal structure of these mills, so we don’t know who the people are who fabricate the papers,” the physicist told me. “Are they junior faculty members on the board? Are they employees at the university where the thesis board is located? Or are they employees of the front-end firm that sets it up?” 

What’s certain is that the firms providing these services tend to be aggressive and entrepreneurial, seeking out potential clients in sectors of the economy where advanced degrees are common. “This industry is set up like any other industry—they don’t wait for clients to come to them, they go out and find them,” said Parkhomenko. “If there’s a person who is the owner of a clothing store, or a chain of stores, at some point he’ll get a visit from a respectable-looking gentleman who comes to his office, and says, ‘It’s time you became a doctor of economics. It’ll be good for your business.’ And he makes the pitch—he has his own marketing materials, he lays out all the options, the different prices, the discounts. It’s no different from an insurance salesman.”

The companies typically offer a range of services, said Osipian, with the median price for a made-to-order paper somewhere in the neighborhood of $3,000 and more elaborate packages—which can include a book-length monograph and the creation of an entire bibliography of fake journal articles—running closer to $25,000 or more. “If you’re buying the top-of-the-line services, they will themselves make a deal with the right dissertation council,” said Parkhomenko. “Ideally, you can just pay the money and forget about it, and then they’ll bring you your diploma at home.”

It didn’t used to be this way. Though it wasn’t unheard of to find Communist Party bosses with ill-gotten diplomas in the Soviet era, academic fraud was not perpetrated as brazenly, or at such an enormous scale, until the 1990s. According to Osipian, the number of dissertations defended in Russia each year jumped from about 15,000 in 1993 to 30,000 in 2005.

The most straightforward reason that advanced degrees are in such high demand in Russia is that they can bring tangible—that is, monetary—benefits to those who acquire them. In some sectors of the economy, only those with doctorates can be promoted to the highest ranks; in others, including medicine, an advanced degree allows a practitioner to charge more for his services. In politics, the incentives are particularly perverse: Not only do Ph.D.s allow officials who have lost their hold on power to get highly paid jobs as the heads of universities (“where the unlucky or the failed or the stupid can land,” said Zayakin), they also make it easier to profit from other forms of corruption. “Teaching work is one of the few legal spheres of work that active politicians are allowed to do,” said Parkhomenko. “A politician isn’t allowed to do business. But he can be a professor, and he can write books. That’s a great way to launder money. Where did you get this money? Well, I gave lectures. I did consulting. I’m a respected person; I have this income from my scientific teaching work.”

But the value that Russia’s elites place on academic status is not entirely economic. Osipian argues that the country’s past and the proud tradition of scholarly excellence it established during the Soviet era is key to understanding today’s demand for Ph.D.s. “In the Soviet Union, there was enormous prestige around math and science—physics, chemistry, biochemistry, biology—because there was real research being done, and the people doing it were honest and honorable,” he said. That prestige has survived, even as funding for academic work has declined under Putin and many scientists have left for jobs abroad. For those who can afford it, an advanced degree is still a tool for social advancement. According to Gregory Simons, a senior researcher at the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies in Sweden and the co-author of a recent article on corruption in Russian higher education, the explosion in academic fraud in Russia has been fueled by the combination of actual scholars and scientists being underpaid and of socially ambitious professionals having disposable income to spend on status symbols.

One perverse incentive to acquire a doctorate is that it makes it easier to launder money obtained through other forms of corruption.

“The business developed because the system was made highly bureaucratic … and at the same time the status and pay for academics decreased significantly,” Simons said in an email. “The push and pull factors come together, especially as these new classes—lawyers, politicians and businessmen—were among the new winners in the emerging Russia, accumulating massive wealth in record time but also needing some kind of sense or perception of legitimacy.”

It makes sense that these newly minted strivers would grasp for an old-fashioned marker of accomplishment. At the same time, if everyone who can afford a Ph.D. knows the degrees are manufactured, why do they retain their value? As Loren Graham, the MIT historian, put it, “It’s kind of strange to think about these people who don’t much care that an advanced degree is falsified while at the same time believing that it adds prestige. It seems contradictory. But I’m afraid that’s how it is.”

The Russian government and its educational institutions have not been entirely indifferent to the country’s plague of academic fraud. In 2012, when it was discovered that the head of a prestigious mathematics academy in Moscow, Andrei Andrianov, had faked multiple publications—and later printed up copies of nonexistent academic journals to try to prove his innocence—the Russian Ministry of Education and Science formed a commission to study the problem. Ultimately, the government disbanded the dissertation board at the Moscow State Pedagogical University that had approved Andrianov’s degree, shut down or “froze” some 800 others around the country, and implemented anti-corruption reforms within the central government agency responsible for certifying dissertations.

Those reforms have probably made it marginally harder to buy degrees, and according to the historian who led the commission, Igor Fedyukin, the state deserves credit for its efforts. But it is the activity of Dissernet, which gets regular attention in the Russian press and publishes dossiers on one or two plagiarists a day, that has pushed the issue of academic fraud into the public consciousness. “There’s a difference between an open secret and an exposed secret,” said biologist Mikhail Gelfand, another of Dissernet’s founders. “It’s one thing to say that it’s common knowledge that everyone fools around with women. It’s another to show a specific person doing so in a photograph.” 

Though only a handful of officials have resigned or been fired over Dissernet’s allegations, the organization’s founders believe their work is making a difference. If nothing else, they say, Russia’s ambitious pseudo-scholars now know that the dissertations being offered to them on the black market are likely to be plagiarized and that buying them carries a certain amount of risk. Perhaps for this reason, said Zayakin, the number of dissertations being defended each year has dropped to where it was in the early ’90s, from approximately 30,000 in 2012 to 16,500 in 2014.

Scaring members of the Russian elite into being less corrupt is undoubtedly a victory. But, as Parkhomenko concedes, it is not the same as making regular people care about academic fraud or convincing them to stop thinking of it as a normal part of life. That is the ultimate goal of Dissernet, he said: “to get people to start caring.”

“A lot of people are ‘exposed’ in Russia,” Parkhomenko said, noting that Sergei Naryshkin has comfortably held onto his position in parliament and within his political party. “The Russian public says, ‘So what? So he stole. Everyone steals. In the end, why would someone be a boss, if he is not stealing?’ So reputation means nothing. The threat—we will ruin your reputation, we will tell everyone you stole—does not produce any effect.’”  

If this is true—if the Russian people’s fatalism about corruption really runs so deep—how will Dissernet ever achieve its goal of “restoring the value of reputation”?

“Gradually, gradually,” said Parkhomenko. “Sometimes we do get a reaction—sometimes quite a loud and fervent one. And sometimes we are able to attach this label to people. Everyone knows, for example, that the minister of culture in Russia is a person with two stolen dissertations. It is written in Wikipedia. It comes up as the first result in Google. This is very important, to attach this label to someone, so that it drags behind him. Sooner or later it will mean something.”

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2003/06Ellingson, CarrieA Black Hole in Cyberspace: Examining Problems in Internet Development in Hungary and Croatia During the Mid-1990s Hungary / CroatiaTelecommunications
2003/05Dumstorf, ThomasThe More Things (Ex)Change the More They...or Not?: The Effectiveness of the Business for Russia/Community Connections ProgramRussiaBusiness
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2003/05Buchen, TimMoldova-Romania Reunification?Moldova / RomaniaPolitical
2003/01K. R.Lithuania and Russia: Redefining Post-Soviet RelationsLithuania / RussiaPolitical
2002/12Thomasson, RussellSoviet Involvement with American POWs during the Vietnam War: An AssessmentSoviet UnionHistorical
2002/08Richard, KnepperInformation Systems and Infrastructure Development in Poland: An Evaluation of the ePolska PlanPolandTelecommunications
2002/08Traicova, RenneAn Assessment of the Health Reform in Bulgaria (1989-2001): Concept vs. RealityBulgariaPolitical
2002/08Wanat, AnnisaBulgaria's Integration Progress: A Journey from the Balkans into the European Union and NATOBulgariaPolitical
2002/05Burbank, JohnThe Russian Federation and its Regional Relationship with the European UnionRussiaPolitical
2002/05Kinney, PatrickNational Religions and Religious Nationalities: Complexities of Identity in Communist and Post-Communist RomaniaRomaniaHistorical
2002/05Yoon, Sang YeolSoviet Foreign Policy Toward Northeast Asia during the Gorbachev EraSoviet UnionHistorical
2002/04Popovich, MichaelTengiz Tease: A Comparison of Rentier State Characteristics and Kazakhstan's Oil-driven Economic Development StrategyKazakhstanEconomic
2001/12Abrams, JoshuaNGO's, Civil Society and the Disappearance of Environmental Activism in the Former Soviet Union Soviet UnionCivil Society
2001/12Guy, KennethThe Re-Creation of History: Soviet Folklore as Propaganda in the 1930sSoviet UnionHistorical
2001/05Greenfield, EveLanguage of Dissent, or Language of Compromise? Native Language, Ethnicity and Bilingual Education Policy in the North CaucasusCaucasusEducation
2001/05Nilenders, EvePutting Pipe Dreams Into Practice: Investment in Water System Modernization in EstoniaEstoniaPublic Utilities
2001/04Cakars, JanisNonviolence and the Latvian Independence Movement, 1986-1991LatviaHistorical
2000/12Do, Hyun-HeeGlobalization of Telecommunications Market in Russia and the Czech Republic: Mobile Telephone Services MarketRussia / Czech RepublicTelecommunications
2000/05Cakars, MelissaThe Far Eastern Republic: Soviet Politics and the Buffer StateSoviet UnionHistorical
2000/05Reyno, RichardThe Russian Armed Forces in Chechnya, 1994-1996: A Toothless Bear?RussiaMilitary
2000/04Berrier, AndrewRussian Military Reform, 1992-2000: The Predominance of Moderate ThoughtRussiaMilitary
2000/04Metro-Roland, DennisRecollections of a Movement: The Memory and History of the National Organization of People's Colleges in HungaryHungaryHistorical
2000/04Nedell, StephenPolitics of History: Previous Interpretations of the Origins, Development and Suppression of the Kronstadt Uprising of March 1921 in the Light of Recently Declassified DocumentsSoviet UnionHistorical
2000/04Pruefer, DonaldFrom Throw Weights to Metric Tons: The Nuclear Threat from Russia's Northern FleetRussiaMilitary
2000/02Jensen III, WalterRadio and Television Transmissions as a Continuation of War by Other Means: The Case of Bosnia BosniaTelecommunications
1999/12Feinstein, SaraA Business Incubator in the Transition Economies of Vietnam and Azerbaijan? A Comparative Perspective of Feasibility AzerbaijanBusiness
1999/12Grewelle, JohnMorale in the Russian Army: At the Breaking Point?RussiaMilitary
1999/12Sargent, DanielCommunity Foundation Development in Poland: Building Cooperation in Support of PhilanthropyPolandCivil Society
1999/06Olson, RebeccaDecay, Renewal, Stagnation, and Innovation: Czech Libraries in TransitionCzech RepublicLibrary
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1999/05Hawn, MichaelThe Economics of Romania's Agricultural TransformationRomaniaEconomic
1999/05Shidlovsky, IvanCossacks: A New National Identity or National Guard?UkraineHistorical
1998/11Brown, ToddEthnopolitical Mobilization in Moldova 1987-1990MoldovaPolitical
1998/06Cleveland, AbigailDividing the Waters: Russian Policy Toward the Legal Regime of the Caspian SeaRussiaPolitical
1998/06Currie, KatherinNourishment for the Soul: The Importance of Culture during the Siege of LeningradSoviet UnionCultural
1998/06Donosky, TheodorePolitics and the Media in Serbia: 1987-1997SerbiaPolitical
1998/06Kaczmarek, PaulRussian Liberalism and the Third of June System, 1905-1911RussiaHistorical
1998/06Kohlhepp, AndrewBeyond Economics: Integration in the Former Soviet UnionSoviet UnionPolitical
1998/05Fassbender, MichaelWho are "My" (We)?: Late Imperial Newspapers in Russia and Russian National IdentityRussiaHistorical
1998/05Fiumano, BettinaRed Don: The Russian Mafia in the Transition Economy: The Rise, Development, and Impact of the Mafia in RussiaRussiaEconomic
1998/05Kustoff, AnnRural Land Reform and Farm Restructuring in RussiaRussiaEconomic
1998/05Katula, MichaelSublimity and the Image of Night in the Fiction of Bruno SchulzPolandLiterature
1998/05Morford, ZacharyThe Implementation of Bankruptcy Legislation: Lessons Provided by the Russian and Polish Experiences Poland / RussiaPolitical
1998/04McGlinchey, RussellThe Law on Production Sharing AgreementsCentral AsiaEconomic
1998/01Keller, GregoryPolish Business Culture in Transition: Legacy of the Past, Influences of the FuturePolandBusiness
1998/01Silber, RobertThe Hungarian Transformation 1989-1997: A Personal Perspective of the Political, Economic, and Social ChangesHungaryPolitical / Economic / Social
1997/12Lee, YusinThe Process of National-Building in Kazakhstan Examined in Light of the Post-Colonial Countries' Experience: The Impact of Soviet Policy as Source and Obstacle to Nation-BuildingKazakhstanPolitical
1997/12Parks, KendallNATO Expansion: A Case Study of the Realist ParadigmEast EuropePolitical
1997/09Davenport, DianneLoss or Gain: Czech Women's Citizenship under Socialism and DemocracyCzech RepublicGender Studies
1997/09Lamp, DavidBetween Soviet Social Contract and the Russian Social Safety Net: Reasons for Poverty in the Russian FederationRussiaEconomic
1997/05Bakke, GretchenMimicking Democracy: The Symbolic Role of Law in Post-Soviet RussiaRussiaLaw
1997/05Van Gunst, SaraThe Great Transformation: A Look at Property Rights in Post-Communist RussiaRussiaLaw
1997/04Mindel, AllisonThe Evolution of a Refugee Protection System: Hungary, a Case StudyHungaryPolitical
1997/04Shapiro, BarbaraTo Invade or Not to Invade: A Contrast of Khrushchev and Gorbachev as Decision MakersSoviet UnionHistorical
1996/12DeGroot, MatthewThe Cultural Dynamics of Capitalism in RussiaRussiaCultural
1996/12Kaempfer, EricRussian Military Influence on Regional Security PolicyRussiaMilitary
1996/09Baker, JenniferSlovaks and Hungarians in the Slovak Republic: A Case Study in Nationalist PoliticsSlovakiaPolitical
1996/09Simpson, PeggyPolish Women in the Transition, 1990-96: Political and Economic ChangesPolandPolitical / Economic
1996/04Kopperl, BenjaminFrom Officers to Conspirators: The Peoples' Will and the Russian MilitaryRussiaMilitary
1996/04Wilson, TracieRewriting History and Identity: The German Minority in Modern PolandPolandCultural
1995/11Pelloso, BethSocial Benefits Policy in the New Russia: Strategies for Health Care and Pension ReformRussiaPolitical
1995/11Temple, MarkThe Politicization of History: Marshall Antonescu and RomaniaRomaniaHistorical
1995/09Wandycz, JoannaRadio Free Europe: A Key Player in the Downfall of Communism in Poland?PolandHistorical
1995/06Brown, JeffreyPersistent Legacies, Precarious Gains: Problems of the Post-Soviet Press in Central AsiaCentral AsiaPolitical
1995/05Korfhage, DavidInterpretation and Reinterpretation of RukopisKrálovédvorský and RukopisZelenohorskýCzech RepublicLiterature
1995/05Lahue, WilliamCoup Attempt in the USSR: The Events Leading to the August Coup and Why it FailedSoviet UnionHistorical
1995/04Gutierrez, BradHungarian Exile Movement in the United States during WWII and the American ResponseHungaryHistorical
1995/04Rajagopalan, SudhaThe Bylina: Narrative and Hero in the Construction of IdentityRussiaLiterature
1995/04Scherer, TrentRusso-Chechen Relations in the Post-Soviet EraRussiaPolitical
1994/11Kershaw, JohnReforming the Russian Military: A Study of Russian Military Doctrine and Efforts at ReformRussiaMilitary
1994/05Curthoys, AndrewThe Political Philosophy of Aleksandr SolzhenitsynSoviet UnionHistorical
1994/05Mixon, CharlesContemporary Russian MonarchismRussiaPolitical
1994/04Desmond, DennisThe Structure and Organization of the Ministry of Internal Affairs under Mikhail GorbachevSoviet UnionPolitical
1994/04Choppa, RichardRussia: Invest or Ignore. An Investment Worthiness Assessment in Case StudiesRussiaEconomic
1994/04Moore, KellyWhat Happened to the Honeymoon? Domestic Politics in Interwar YugoslaviaYugoslaviaPolitical
1994/04Perry, ValeryA New Conscious Intelligentsia: The Disillusionment of a Generation of CommunistsSoviet BlocHistorical
1994/01Panos, Caterina"The Hardest Path": A Political Biography of Alexander TvardovskiiSoviet UnionHistorical
1994/01Tyson, DavidLiteracy in Turkestan Prior to Soviet RuleCentral AsiaHistorical
1993/12Koncki, Sara-JaneThe Implementation and Effects of the Soviet Economic Development Pattern in the Baltic RepublicsBalticsEconomic
1993/12McNamara, JasonNuclear Power in the CMEA: The Ignalina AES and the Greifswald KKW--Similar Problems, Different SolutionsSoviet BlocEconomic
1993/12Pearlman, JamieGorbachev's Conversion to DemocratizationSoviet UnionPolitical
1993/11Bell, CraigRethinking National Security: The Development of a Russian Military DoctrineRussiaMilitary
1993/09Mullin, SuzanneRussian Minority Reaction to the 1989 Baltic Language LawsBalticsPolitical
1993/09Pennington, JeffreyFrom the Alfold to the Carpathians: A History of the Railroad between Debrecen and YasinyaHungary / UkraineHistorical
1993/08Cloyd, MargaretThe Czech and Slovak Republics: A Scrutiny of Government Energy PoliciesCzech Republic / SlovakiaEconomic
1993/08Gaffney, JohnA New Era in Russian Relations in Northeast AsiaRussiaPolitical
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1993/04Beisel, LarryConversion of the Defense Industry of the Soviet UnionSoviet UnionMilitary
1993/04Dausch, LindaGogol's Ruins: Fragmentation vs. TotalityRussiaLiterature
1993/04Gallagher, DarelRussian Conversion Program Prospects for Success on the Regional LevelRussiaMilitary
1993/04Orsay, Ellis (Spethman)Pedagogical Science: Victim or Villain?East EuropeEducation
1993/04Terrell, RichardSoviet Nationality Policy and National Consciousness in the Transcaucasian Republics: Drawing Together or Tearing Apart?CaucasusHistorical
1993/03Perchatsch, GregorySolving Ukraine's Energy CrisisUkraineEconomic
1993/02Anderson, EaridethEnvironmental Analysis of Privatization ProgramsSoviet BlocEnvironmental
1993/01Barrall, TedBiological Weapons, Biotechnology and the Soviet UnionSoviet UnionMilitary
1992/12Bilas, RogerEconomic Development of the Soviet Far EastSoviet UnionEconomic
1992/12Paustenbaugh, JenniferTsiganite, the Gypsies of Bulgaria: Assimilation, Rejection, and Stormy Co-existenceBulgariaCultural
1992/10Pyle, WilliamSoviet Banking ReformSoviet UnionEconomic
1992/09Oehme, PatriciaProspects for Foreign Economic Liberalization in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, the Baltics and RussiaSoviet BlocEconomic
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1992/05Harris, CalvinWas Stalin a Russian Nationalist? Some Thoughts on Stalin's Approach to the National QuestionSoviet UnionHistorical
1992/05McFadden, WilliamThe Environmental Impact of Economic Transformation in the Former Soviet UnionSoviet UnionEnvironmental
1992/04Herron, ErikDefense Conversion in the Soviet and Post-Soviet PeriodsSoviet Union / RussiaMilitary
1992/04Meyer, ChristopherReform and Research and Development in Ex-Soviet Union and East GermanySoviet Union /German Democratic RepublicPolitical
1991/12Cornwell, DoreneSoviet-Czechoslovak "Cooperation" in Nuclear Energy DevelopmentSoviet Union / CzechoslovakiaPolitical
1991/12Lally, MichaelThe Soviet National Security Decision-Making 1985-1991: Perestroika and Institutional ChangeSoviet UnionPolitical
1991/11Sheffer, LesleThe Demise of the CMEA: Too Much of a Burden to ShareSoviet BlocEconomic
1991/05Raisner, WilliamThe Effect of the Invasion of Afghanistan on Soviet-Pakistani Relations: An Historical PerspectiveSoviet UnionMilitary
1991/05Rosenblum, DavidNew Thinking in Soviet Foreign Policy toward Eastern Europe and the Revolutions of 1989Soviet BlocPolitical
1991/04Griffith, ScottThe Opening of the Soviet Economy to Foreign InvestmentSoviet UnionEconomic
1991/04McGuire, DonaldThe Aral Sea CrisisSoviet UnionEnvironmental
1991/04Reed, DouglasSoviet Military Power in the BalticsSoviet UnionMilitary
1990/12Auslin, MichaelThe Aimless Territorial Questions: Soviet Foreign Policy Towards the KurilsSoviet UnionPolitical
1990/10Hartten, ErikThe Demise of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance and Its Integration into the World Economy via the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the International Monetary Fund, and the World BankSoviet BlocEconomic
1990/08De Luca, DuaneSoviet-Albanian RelationsSoviet Union / AlbaniaPolitical
1990/07Skirkanich, LaurieCoalescing of Interest Groups within the Soviet Military: A Help or Hindrance for Reform?Soviet UnionMilitary
1990/06Costello, BryanThe Evolution of Neutrality: Finnish-Soviet Relations in the Post-War Years, 1948-1961Soviet Union / FinlandPolitical
1990/05Guenther, StephenThe Effects of Glasnost' on the KGBSoviet UnionPolitical
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1990/04Crabtree, WilliamEnvironmental Cooperation among CMEA Member CountriesSoviet BlocEnvironmental
1990/04Milenkovich, MelindaThe Soviet Commitment to the EnvironmentSoviet UnionEnvironmental
1990/04Murtha, MichelleA History of the Party Programs of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and a Point by Point Comparison of the 1961 and 1986 ProgramsSoviet UnionPolitical
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1990/04Sentz, LisaRegional Economic Autonomy in the USSR: The Baltic Region as a Case StudyBalticsEconomic
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1989/08Iwasyszyn, JaneReligious Freedom in East Germany and the Soviet Union in the Era of Glasnost'Soviet Union / German Democratic RepublicCultural
1989/05Blanton, LorriThe Baltic National Front Movements: An Expression of Nationalistic Interest Group ArticulationBalticsPolitical
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1989/04Panek, SueThe Energy Factor in Soviet-East European RelationsSoviet UnionEconomic
1989/04Smith, JoyceThe Corruption in Uzbekistan and the Trial of ChurbanovUzbekistanPolitical
1989/04Smith, MichaelThe Dynamics of Current Soviet Efforts to Develop Soviet Central AsiaCentral AsiaEconomic
1989/04Warlinski, ZeniaThe Coexistence of Official Medicine and Medicinal Herbs in Poland in the Last DecadePolandCultural
1989/02Arapakos, AnnaSoviet Leadership Responses to the Crisis in the Agro-Industrial Complex: The Food Programs 1982-1987 and Changing Attitudes Toward the MilitarySoviet UnionMilitary
1989/02Gelsinger, ShaunHow Reform Affects Defense Priorities: The Case of HungaryHungaryMilitary
1989/01Brett, ThomasThe Dilemma of the "Nation" in the German Democratic Republic 1967-1976German Democratic RepublicPolitical
1988/11Aleshin, NicholasContemporary Nationalism and MarxismSoviet BlocPolitical
1988/11Green, RichardCase Study of Soviet Tank DevelopmentsSoviet UnionMilitary
1988/11Brown, FredBackground and Implications of a Shift to a Reasonable Sufficiency DoctrineSoviet UnionMilitary
1988/11Costello, TedSoviet Defense Decision-making and Priority AllocationSoviet UnionMilitary
1988/11Sun, I-Fen CrystalSino-Soviet Relations in 1980s: A Political, Economic & Trade OverviewSoviet UnionPolitical
1988/05Kirkpatrick, TedWorld Revolution and the Red Army — The Soviet-Polish War of 1919-1920Soviet Union / PolandHistorical
1988/05Smidchens, GuntisLife Stories of Four Chicago LatviansLatviaLife Stories
1988/04Geskin, MichaelSoviet Defense Manpower Policy: Non-Russian Nationalities in the Soviet Armed Forces – The Need for IntegrationSoviet UnionMilitary
1987/11Rhea, RalphSoviet Military Power Projection into the Third World: Actors, Capabilities, and DoctrineSoviet UnionMilitary
1987/05Koropeckyj, AndriySoviet Population and the Future of Minority Territorial AreasSoviet UnionMinorities

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PhD Dissertations

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2010/12 Kanig, ChristianReeducation Through Soviet Culture: Soviet Cultural Policy in Occupied Germany, 1945-1949History
2010/12Muller, Anna"If the walls could talk: Women Political Prisoners in Stalinist Poland, 1945-1956”History
2009/09Prestia, Joseph'The Most Momentous Choice of All...', The Romanian Decision to Enter the Great War, 1914-1916History
2009/06Chung, BoraChanging the Shape of Existence: Utopian in Andrei Platonov's Chevengur and Bruno Jasienski's I Burn ParisSlavic Languages & Literatures
2008/10Cakars, MelissaBeing Buryat: Soviet Modernization in SiberiaHistory
2007/10Massino, JillEngendering socialism: A History of Women and Everyday Life in Socialist RomaniaHistory
2007/09White, AngelaJewish Lives in the Polish Language: The Polish-Jewish Press, 1918-1939History
2007/09Shrager, MiriamThe Accentual Systems of Masculine Nouns in the Krivici DialectsSlavic Languages & Literatures
2005/06Ehrlich, AdamBetween Germany and Poland: Ethnic-Cleansing and Politicization of Ethnicity in Upper Silesia under National Socialism and Communism (1939-1950)History
2005/06Pauly, MattBuilding Socialism in the National Classroom: Education and Language Policy in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-30History
2005/04Lazda, MaraGender and Totalitarianism: Soviet and Nazi Occupation of Latvia, 1940-1945History
2005/03Rajagopalan, SudhaIndian films, Soviet audiences, 1954-1991: the pursuit of escapist pleasuresHistory
2005/01Reindl, DonaldThe Effects of Historical German-Slovene Language Contact on the Slovene LanguageSlavic Langauges & Literatures
2004/12Thomas, JulieInternational Intercourse: Establishing a Transnational Discourse on Birth Control in the Interwar EraHistory
2004/11Blackwell, Martin J.Regime City of the First Category: The Experience of the Return of Soviet Power to Kyiv, Ukraine, 1943-1946History
2004/06Wood, NathanBecoming Metropolitan: Krakow Popular Press and the Representation of Modern Urban Life 1900-1915History
2004/05Cash, JenniferIn Search of an Authentic Nation: Folkloric Ensembles, Ethnography, and Ethnicity in the Republic of MoldovaAnthropology
2004/04Aligica, Dragos PaulThe Spread of Economic Ideas and the Political Economy Paradigm Shift in Eastern Europe: Diffusion, Institutional Processes and Epistemic ChoicePolitical Science
2004/04Goldenberg, AmyPolish Amber ArtFolklore & Ethnomusicology
2003/11Fisher, DavidExhibiting Russia at the World's Fairs, 1851-1900History
2003/08Metzo, Katherine"It didn’t used to be this way": Households, Resources, and Economic Transformation in Tunka Valley, Buriatia, Russian FederationAnthropology
2003/05Cooper, ThomasOn Struction of the Psychological Novel: Mimesis of Consciousness in the Novels of Zsigmond KemenyComparative Literature
2003/04Beldavs, AijaI Sing Out Nine, You're Working on One: Historical Latvian Ritual Insult Song Warring "Apdziedasanas"Folklore & Ethnomusicology
2003/04Woodworth, BradleyCivil Society and Nationality in the Multiethnic Russian Empire: Tallinn/Reval, 1860-1914History
2001/05Johnson, JanetState Transformation and Violence Against Women in Russia Political Science
2001/04Erickson, John A.Language Contact and Morphosynactic Change: Shift of Case-Marker Functions in TurkicCEUS/Linguistics

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