Some Nigerian students in Russia have lamented the effect of Russia’s sanctions.
Following the invasion of Ukraine by order of President Valdimir Putin, many Western countries imposed sanctions on Russia.
In a chat with BBC Hausa Service, Yahya Usman YZ, President of Nigerian Students in Russia, said the sanctions had started to weigh on them.
“Honestly, the sanctions are showing up on us; the train fares have gone up; the price of food in the mall has also gone up. A kilo of meat that used to cost $15 has now jumped to $20-30. applies to all provisions,” he decried.
Asked about the impact of disabling VISA and MasterCard services on foreign students in Russia, Mr. Usman said: “It has a negative effect on us. Although Russian authorities have since anticipated such ramifications, they have therefore embraced the threat by designing monetary transactions. in gold and bitcoin. But for outsiders, we were stunned by these developments, not knowing that war was on the way.
“Some students have their own money for food and tuition entangled in banks. They complain that they cannot access their money hidden in banks to buy food because VISA and MasterCard are currently not working. .
“We can no longer go to restaurants and make electronic payments because of the blocking of VISA and MasterCard. Even if, before the start of the war, it was said that VISA and MasterCard could be made unusable; thus, some of We managed to make huge cash withdrawals, but many, including me, are struggling now.
He commended the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow for the prompt issuance of visas and relevant services to Nigerians in Russia while calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to implore President Putin to consider a short-term ceasefire in order to pave the way for the evacuation of Nigerian students trapped in Ukraine. second largest city in Kharkiv.
Nigeria: Ukraine War – Western Sanctions Weigh on Us, Nigerian Students in Russia Speak
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