Against the background of extensive activities to build new relations with the African continent, an example of which is often only the growing presence in recent years of the troops of the Russian private military company Wagner in various countries, Russia is actively working in the field of soft power.

And in this case in education. Thus, a very symbolic decision to return to the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia the name of Patrice Lumumba, which he bore in the period from 1962 to 1992, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports. Kommersant. For thirty years, the “Patrice Lumumba Soviet Peoples’ Friendship University” has trained hundreds of thousands of foreign students, mostly from Africa.

The adoption of this measure was announced on March 23 by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin during the presentation of the results of the government’s activities for 2022 to elected representatives of the Duma. This was announced by Deputy Minister of Education and Science Konstantin Mogilevsky. Kommersant that the original request came from students of the university in question