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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Students Want State Exam Thrown Out Over Cheating

High school students are asking President Vladimir Putin to annul the results of a state exam after answers were posted on the Internet 10 hours before it was administered.

In an open letter posted on the Internet this week, the students asked that the results to the Russian-language test be annulled after a student in the Leningrad region posted answers on the Internet, Noviye Izvestia reported Wednesday.

But a senior state education official said Wednesday that the results would not be canceled because nobody had had time to use the answers posted on the Internet.

The education official, Viktor Bolotov, told Ekho Moskvy radio that the student who posted the answers would have his test results annulled.

The student was not identified, and it was unclear what, if any, other measures would be taken against him.

"How he got these materials is being established," Bolotov told Noviye Izvestia.

The Russian-language test was conducted across the country on May 29.

The St. Petersburg web site Dp.ru reported that in the days before the exam, spammers were offering to supply answers for about 600 rubles.

Officials instructed students not to believe the offers, saying no cheat sheets existed, Regnum.ru reported.

In addition to the president, the students' open letter was addressed to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika and Education and Science Minister Andrei Fursenko.

The Kremlin and Prosecutor General's Office had no immediate comment about the students' appeal.