On behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Ministry of Education and Science organized a phased export of Afghan citizens to Russia to continue or begin their studies at Russian universities. The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, has created an aviation group of three military transport aircraft to carry out the export.
On December 1, the first group of students from Afghanistan, consisting of 139 people, arrived at the Chkalovsky airport.
“Helping Afghan students is, first of all, a humanitarian mission. 139 students have arrived in Russia today. All of them study at Russian universities or have been enrolled in a preparatory course. We are grateful to the Ministry of Defense for organizing the export of students who wished to come to Russia to study from Afghanistan. Our task is to provide them with the opportunity to get high-quality higher education in a comfortable and safe environment. We hope that all of them will become qualified specialists and will be in demand both in Russia and in Afghanistan,”Valery Falkov, head of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.
As part of the humanitarian mission, the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia, together with the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan and Russian universities, carried out a significant amount of work to restore contacts with students in Afghanistan, create conditions for organizing observation on the territory of the Russian Federation, inform Russian universities about the preparation process and stages of joint work on the implementation of the export of citizens of Afghanistan to Russia.
In addition, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation sent 1,193 applications for visa support to the Consular Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, on the basis of which 981 visas have been issued so far. Visas were also issued to Afghan students enrolled in the preparatory faculty or first year.
Similarly, students arriving in Russia will be trained in such domestic universities as:
- Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University) ;
- Moscow Automobile and Highway State Technical University;
- National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI” (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute);
- Moscow State Technological University “STANKIN”;
- Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev;
- Kazan Federal University (KFU);
- Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin (UFU);
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and others.
The Russian Ministry of Education and Science, together with the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Afghanistan, continue to form lists of Afghan students to be included in subsequent special flights.