African Students Leave Embassy
Aug. 10, 2000
MOSCOW (AP) _ Students from the Central African Republic ended a two-week occupation of their country's embassy in Moscow on Thursday after receiving money to pay their living expenses, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.
There were no reports of violence or threats during the low-key occupation, which stretched on without Russian police intervention because of the site's diplomatic status.
The students left after their government sent stipends that had been delayed for 18 months, ITAR-Tass said. Phone calls to the embassy Thursday went unanswered.
About 30 students were involved at the embassy in a run-down suburb of Moscow. They stormed into the building July 27 and held the embassy's charge d'affairs captive for five days.
Russian universities attracted thousands of African students in Soviet times by funding scholarships. With the Russian government no longer funding foreign students, some scholarships have been taken over by African governments, but there are often long delays in sending money.