Russians at UK universities feel judged, fear for future

Since her country invaded Ukraine, Lydia, a 21-year-old Russian student at a university in London, has tried not to speak much on campus. She fears if fellow students hear her accent they will blame her for a war she vehemently opposes, writes Anna Fazackerley for The Guardian.

Like many Russian students who have left the country to study in the United Kingdom, she does not support Putin or his regime. Her friends in Russia are risking imprisonment by protesting against his war. But she worries her classmates won’t understand. When last week her lecturer talked about the invasion she “felt ashamed and wanted to disappear”.

Universities say that although their priority must be supporting their Ukrainian students, they are also reaching out to Russian students, such as Lydia, who may be feeling alone but unable to ask for help.
Full report on The Guardian site