The Europe Business Assembly (EBA) advertises itself as an Oxford institution to sell made-up prizes such as “The International Socrates Award” and “The Queen Victoria Commemorative Award” for up to £9,300 a time.
Former staff say that they were encouraged to approach developing countries, sending mass emails and cold-calling foreign businesses and academics with claims that they had been nominated for an award. Anyone who expressed interest was told that they had to pay several thousand pounds to meet the company’s administrative costs and for a five-year licence to “use the award brand . . . for public relations and marketing purposes,” the agency writes.
As it was reported earlier Oxford University Press "returned" Crimea to Ukraine in Geography textbook. The book states that UN does not recognize the Russian "annexation" of the Crimea.