30 Russian students arrested in Egypt: Moscow

Russia demands Egypt's clarification for arresting 30 students


Russia's foreign ministry said Friday it has demanded an explanation from Egyptian authorities on why it arrested more than 30 Russian students alongside nationals from five other countries this week.

A ministry statement said citizens from Britain, Denmark, France, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were also taken in for questioning.

Members of Egypt's special services broke into the students' dormitories at Cairo's al-Azhar University on Wednesday and took them to an undisclosed location.

"No charges were brought against them," the statement said.

Russia's embassy in Cairo "sent a note to Egypt's foreign ministry to ask the reason for the arrests," the statement said.

Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for the Russian embassy, Timur Agametov, as saying that the students come from Russia's north Caucasus region.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov condemned the arrests, saying the students' rights had been flouted, according to Ria Novosti agency.