Support The Moscow Times!

St. Petersburg University 'Erases' Non-Slavic Student From Promotional Photo

The Russian Education Ministry is to investigate a St. Petersburg university who erased a non-Slavic student from their promotional material, the Baltika FM news station reported Friday.

The poster at the St. Petersburg University of the Humanities and Social Sciences (SPbGUP) used a photo which originally featured a student of Bashkir origin.

The student was removed using Photoshop and replaced with a student of Slavic appearance. The other students in the photo remained unchanged.

"Well, it looks like I've gone," the Bashkir student wrote on his social media page, saying that he would go to "get his self-esteem out from the bottom of the Mariana Trench."

The Slavic student whose head was used as a replacement also condemned the move, Baltic FM reported. 

The Education Ministry said that the incident would be investigated, and that ethnic discrimination was in violation of the Russian Constitution.

"SPbGUP does not discriminate against its students and staff on the basis of nationality," the university said in a statement. "We use photos of students with high academic achievement in all of our posters, booklets and publications."

… we have a small favor to ask.

As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just 2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.


Read more