At the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR) the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs has been replaced. Previously, this position was held by Sergei Bazavluk. Now Mikhail Katsarsky has been appointed to his place, according to the website of the university.
The university does not indicate whether Bazaluk was fired or left of his own accord. The report also did not specify what exactly caused the personnel reshuffle.
In early March, the Russian Ministry of Education and Science appointed an official check of the RUDN University due to the situation with Ukrainian flags. The incident happened on February 23rd. Then, at the university festival of national communities, students from Ukraine hung out the flag of their country, just like other foreign students.
According to the deputy head of the Ministry of Education and Science Konstantin Mogilevsky, “hanging the flags of the state headed by the neo-Nazi regime in the university building is unacceptable.” At the same time, the official noted that Ukrainian students studying at Russian universities must be supported, as they are in a difficult situation.
He also said that according to the results of the check, “the perpetrators will be punished.”
In turn, RUDN Vice-Rector Sergei Bazavluk, in a comment to the Rossiya-24 channel, stated that “the university’s mission is to unite people of different nationalities.”
“Partly I understand the people who raised this informational wave taking into account the current situation. But there is one point: people who are unfamiliar with the educational activities and the mission of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia are focusing on the Ukrainian flag. And it lies in the fact that we unite people different nationalities,” he said.
Earlier, RUDN students wrote an open letter and explained that Ukrainian flags were hung out as part of the exhibition of compatriots, where the attributes of various states were presented. According to them, the flags reflected the position of mutual respect for the peoples of different countries.
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