The first group of students from Afghanistan arrived at the Chkalovsky airport near Moscow. The evacuation of 138 students was organized by a special board of the Russian Ministry of Defense on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ministry of Education and Science reported on December 1.
“Helping Afghan students is primarily a humanitarian mission. 138 students have arrived in Russia today. All of them study at Russian universities or were enrolled in a preparatory course, ”said Valery Falkov, head of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.
He added that students will be provided with the opportunity to get a high-quality higher education in comfortable conditions and safety, so that the children become qualified specialists and are in demand both in Russia and in Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Education, together with the Russian Embassy in Afghanistan and Russian universities, carried out a series of works to restore contacts with students in Afghanistan, create conditions for organizing observation in Russia, inform Russian universities about the preparation process and stages of joint work to implement the export of Afghan citizens to the Russian Federation.
On the part of the Russian department, 1,193 applications for visa support were sent to the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry, on the basis of which 981 visas were issued, which were issued, among other things, to Afghan students enrolled in the preparatory faculty or the first year.
Students arriving in Russia will study at such domestic universities as the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, the Moscow Automobile and Highway State Technical University, the Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Agricultural Academy named after K.A. Timiryazev, Kazan Federal University, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and others.
In Afghanistan, the formation of lists of Afghan students for their inclusion in subsequent special flights continues. The first of three aircraft with evacuated citizens arrived in Russia.
On the morning of December 1, planes of the Russian Ministry of Defense, consisting of three aircraft, arrived in Kabul and delivered 36 tons of humanitarian cargo to the Afghan capital. Each plane had a supply of drinking water, blankets and individual rations for the evacuees.