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    Serbian regime blocking the webs on which the information about plagiarized PhD of country's minister of internal affairs was leaked


    Following the publication of information alleging that the PhD of the Serbia's minister Stefanovich has been plagiarized, the website "Pescanik" was torn down.

    Website "Pescanik" is down because it had published an breaking article in which suggests serious indications that part of the PhD dissertation of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Serbia, Nebojsa Stefanovic is plagiarism. From the moment of publication of the article, the portal was targeted by hacker attacks from the IP addresses from all parts of Serbia.

    In June of 2013, Nebojsa Stefanovic defended his doctorate at the private "Megatrend University" in Belgrade on the theme " The new role of strategic management in the managing of local government".

    In article published on the "Pescanik" authors from the University of Nottingham and London Ugljesa Grusich, Branislav Radeljich and Slobodan Tomich argue that there are serious indications that the work is plagiarism and that the main topic of the subject is missed.

    The authors in the article stated that the current Minister of Police in Serbia wrote a PhD which does not meet the basic scientific criteria.

    Once the web site was down, the text of minister's PhD began circulating social networking through alternative addresses, in order to remain available to the public. Team of "Pescanik" has managed to "raise" the portal again after a few hours, however they will continue to analyze the attacks, and findings they could address will submit to the Office of the High Technology Crime.

    "There are many indications that this will continue. The website was already under attacks before, but never of this magnitude and never with so much addresses, especially from protected IP addresses", said Svetlana Lukich, manager chief of the web "Pescanik".

    While plagiarism of ministers PhD caused a storm in public reaction, the president of the National Council for Science, Dondur Vera, said that in Serbia there is no clear procedure to determine whether someone's doctoral thesis is plagiarism, pointing that legal consequences even if it were true are nonexistent. All stays at the level of ethical bodies of the universities themselves.

    Some political representatives immediately demanded an urgent resignation of the minister, who is, in their view, a deceiver.

    The organization "Transparency Serbia " has said that the problem of suspected degrees of the government officials are result of bad checks in higher education, personal motives and corruption.

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