February 25, 2024

Athens News

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Greek students in Russia cry for help

Young people studying in Russian universities found themselves in a difficult situation. Under the sanctions imposed on the Russian Federation, they literally found themselves on the verge of poverty.

Greek students have lost the opportunity to receive money transfers from their homeland and exchange currency due to the blocking of Russian banks in the SWIFT interbank system.

Dozens of Greek students from Russian universities apply to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of Greece. They ask for immediate action, otherwise young people risk not completing their course of study. Mirto Telopoulou, who is pursuing a degree in dentistry, writes:

“Both I and other Greek students are faced with a serious problem regarding the continuation and completion of our studies. As a student of a Russian university, I live every day with this uncertainty about my studies and my future! I call on the ministries of education and foreign affairs to find a solution, how as soon as possible. Under the current conditions, Greek students in Russia will be forced to interrupt their studies in the middle, as we cannot receive remittances, with all the consequences for our lives.”

The issue of problems faced by Greek students studying in Russia was raised in Parliament a few days ago. The parliamentary group “Movement for Change” (Κινήματος Αλλαγής) sent a request to the relevant ministers with a call to immediately solve the problem and find a way out of the current situation.

Since its inception in 1973, the SWIFT system has connected more than 11,000 banks and institutions in about 200 countries. With its help, banks register, report and process cross-border financial transactions. Although transactions involving Russia may be a little over 1%, their disruption due to the invasion of Ukraine has caused great concern among Greek students. newsbreak.gr.

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