Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during his talk with students of Chuvashia State University on Monday said that all current Haitian students in Russia will receive state funding from the federal budget for their tuition fees.
He mentioned that according to his sources, there are 75 students from Haiti in Russian universities at the moment, some of whom are already receiving free tuition.
Earlier reports said that some Haitian students of RUDN (People's Friendship University of Russia) in Moscow received money for their tuition fees from their parents, but could not get in touch with them after the earthquake. According to RIA Novosti, there are 51 students from Haiti studying at RUDN. At least three of them lost their parents in the earthquake. The students previously applied to the University with requests to receive aid with their tuition fees. There are students from Haiti in the universities of Moscow, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Ryazan, Cheboksary and Novosibirsk.
According to the latest sources, the death toll from the earthquake in Haiti on January 12 is now between 150,000 and 200,000 people.