Since it's an educational group, we'll start with a definition:

corruption (k-rpshn)
1. lack of integrity or honesty (especially susceptibility to bribery); use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
2. in a state of progressive putrefaction
3. decay of matter (as by rot or oxidation)
4. moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles; "the luxury and corruption among the upper classes"; "moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration"; "its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity"; "Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction"
5. destroying someone's (or some group's) honesty or loyalty; undermining moral integrity; "corruption of a minor"; "the big city's subversion of rural innocence"
6. inducement (as of a public official) by improper means (as bribery) to violate duty (as by commiting a felony); "he was held on charges of corruption and racketeering"

conspiracy (kn-spîr-s)
1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
2. A group of conspirators.
3. Law An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action.
4. A joining or acting together, as if by sinister design: a conspiracy of wind and tide that devastated coastal areas.

The third definition means that the intention is of zero capability to justify any used means.

conspiracy [kənˈspɪrəsɪ]
1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot
2. the act of making such plans in secret

Corruption, a noun that can be created from the adjective 'corrupt':

corrupt (k-rpt)
1. Marked by immorality and perversion; depraved.
2. Venal; dishonest: a corrupt mayor.
3. Containing errors or alterations, as a text: a corrupt translation.
4. Archaic Tainted; putrid.

Source and references:
Corruption entry
Conspiracy entry
Corrupt entry

A conspiracy is often established, its secrecy, to avoid any prosecution. If you can cover up your crimes, you'll avoid to be prosecuted. It is that simple. And a cover-up can be many different things: a destruction of evidence, a lack of transparency, dishonesty, partially untrue statements (making entire statements invalid), strictly selective choice of sources or their parts, classification, etc.

Also, there are some hidden ordinary groups (causing completely zero harm to anyone), or groups, which avoid dragging attention to them to avoid any unjust persecution. An example of such a group can be a neo-pagan group, which hides its rituals and gatherings to avoid any religious intolerance. Members of such groups can also hide their true religious beliefs, claiming being a member of one of the major religions. Such persecution is rare nowadays though, due to more scrupulous laws being introduced.

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Historic conspiracies, examples: Second Catilinian Conspiracy, Assassination of Julius Caesar, Assassination of Caligula, Pisonian conspiracy, Pazzi Conspiracy

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feillyne
feillyne Jul 31 2010, 6:44pm says:
open_sketchbook wrote:Western Russia is also overwhelmingly white, demographically. It wouldn't make sense to have a signifigant number of non-white people in the airport.

It would... because the airport can have many foreign visitors & tourists, can't it?

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Mr_Flame
Mr_Flame Aug 22 2010, 11:15am replied:

Yes can!

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook Aug 4 2010, 3:26am replied:

A quick look at travel trends to and from Russia indicates that the vast majority of people that visit Russia are from predominately white countries, and that far more native Russians fly out of the country to other places (or fly between places within the country) then non-Russians fly in. The vast majority of tourists in Russia are from Western Europe and the midwestern United States, usually because they have some kind of family connection to Russia.

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feillyne
feillyne May 23 2012, 2:24pm replied:

Actually, open_sketchbook is right, it would make little sense.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Jun 26 2010, 9:28am says:

guys... if all the knowledge in this world would be a puzzle... it would have more pieces then every other puzzle ever created. with us just having about 4 pieces each from a different corner... so no one of us will be able to explain how the whole puzzle looks like... so why do you all try to explain the world with only the small amount of knowledge we all have?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook Jul 4 2010, 1:51am replied:

Because we may not have very many pieces, but we have systems of learning that allow us to predict what shapes the pieces are and where they go. We can make up for what we lack in observational capability with similation models and rational thinking.

The universe is not some unknowable, mythical place of magic. It is built of the same stuff we are, the same set of mysteries universal across the cosmos. It follows consistant patterns that we can model and predict. There is not the unknowable, just the unknown, and every day we shine our light brighter into the darkness and reveal more of the mystery for the mundan reality it is.

Two thousand five hundred years ago, when the first Greek scholars began to catelog the world around them, they were blind. They didn't even know why their bodies moved to their thoughts but the world around them did not. Try to picture how vast and frightening that mystery is; "My fingers move, but the clay does not! Why?" But we answered that question; we studied and theorized and experimented and we learned of muscle and neuron and the mechanics of the human body, and we solved that mystery. We know how it works. We can follow the pattern from the action initiatign as a burst of electricity in the brain, traveling along the network of nerves in our bodies to our hands, stimulating the muscle to action, contracting the bundles of fibre and causing tension on the ligament and pulling our fingers into the shape we desire. We have conquered that darkness!

What question can you pose that is more overwhelming than that? What mystery can you call forth that is more intimidating to the human spirit?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook Jul 4 2010, 1:59am replied:

You ask why we try to explain a universe so dark and full of mystery, but you have answered your own question. We do it because there are questions yet unanswered, in the full understanding that everything can be explained, in full understanding that not knowing the answer is not the same as there being no answer. We do it because everything we learn gives us greater agency to control our destiny, to move into the future with greater confidence, to shape the universe around us, to improve ourselves and the state of our learning. We do it because to not do so would be to lay down and die, to admit there is no point, to give in to nihlism and despair. We explain the universe because it is there begging to be explained. We study and examine and theorize and make mistakes and learn from them because there is nothing more human in the world; it is a fundamental extension of who we are. We do it because we are human and it is our nature to leave no stone unturned.

We do it because it is what we do. If the world is a dark mystery, let us build a fire, like our ancestors did, and huddle around it, and reveal in the knowledge that the day is coming.

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OrangeNero
OrangeNero Aug 14 2010, 3:17am replied:

hah, just what i wanted to hear. how long did you needed for that, and is it all from you?

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook Aug 26 2010, 1:25pm replied:

It is inspired by several rationalist manifestos, but it is my own work.

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open_sketchbook
open_sketchbook Jul 4 2010, 1:39am replied:

Western Russia is also overwhelmingly white, demographically. It wouldn't make sense to have a signifigant number of non-white people in the airport.

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