Russia's Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudichestvo) has launched a campaign to return Russian students from the UK and other countries deemed "unfriendly" back to the Russian Federation.

Masterminds behind the campaign titled "Highly Likely Welcome Back" are convinced that a significant number of students abroad actually want to return to Russia "for political reasons," Russia's Kommersant wrote.

Students who will be returning to Russia will be offered assistance to ensure they continue their studies at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) or get job, for example, in Russia's Far East.

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Read alsoSyria bombings: Johnson warns UK must prepare for Russian retaliationAt the same time, students and experts interviewed by journalists in Britain say they experience no pressure from the authorities. The British Embassy in Russia assured that the UK, as always, welcomes Russians who come for education or tourism purposes.

According to the Russian Ministry of Education and Science, about 60,000 Russian students were studying at foreign universities in 2017.

It was earlier reported that the British authorities were considering imposing new sanctions against Russians who are owners of businesses in the United Kingdom.