Education: Getting Ahead in Moscow

Passing tests to get into college is tough in Russia too. But for three years a few dozen youngsters with rich parents and poor minds found an easy out. They appealed to an enterprising young Georgian named Otar Pkhaladze, who soon after he got to Moscow in 1958 set up shop in the business of getting boys and girls into 13 top medical and technical institutes for fees running from $1,600 to $18,870. To find clients, who mostly came from Georgia, Pkhaladze hired agents on a commission basis or made a direct pitch by longdistance phone. In Moscow he organized a...

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