Students of Russian universities plead for help to return

Tajik students of Russian universities who have been prevented from leaving Tajikistan due to travel restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus are pleading with the authorities for help, reports Asia-Plus.

These students entered universities in the Russian Federation this year and they say that if they do not arrive at their place of study, perhaps they will be expelled. They say they are unable to study online because internet connections are too slow and too expensive in Tajikistan. Besides, they cite frequent electricity outages. Meanwhile, some students, for example those studying to be a pilot or a programmer, say that distance learning does not suit them because “only books are not enough”.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs official Parviz Najmiddinov met with the students and told them the matter was being discussed with the relevant ministries and agencies of the Russian Federation. According to him, they addressed this issue to the relevant structures of Russia back in August. “The epidemiological situation is not yet stable, and, therefore, this issue is still under consideration by the Russian side,” Najmiddinov said.
Full report on the Asia-Plus site