Russia’s Influence to Be Positive for African People, Head of Russian House in Burkina Faso Says

In January, Russian House, a non-governmental Russian cultural center, began work in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. Its opening was preceded by the resumption of Moscow’s activities in the West African country in December 2023.

Impact of Russia’s arrival in African countries will be beneficial for the people of the continent, Evgenia Tikhonova, head of the Russian House in Burkina Faso, told Sputnik.

“There are many ways to exert influence. You can pump out resources, as the Western countries did. And the metropolises lived on these resources. But if Russia comes here [to Africa] and brings some influence of its own, it will be positive for the people of the region,” she noted.

Speaking about the activities of the Russian House in Burkina Faso, Tikhonova pointed out that the institute conducts Russian language courses, which are now attended by about 120 people, and 1200 are on the waiting list.

She emphasized that the demand for the courses is created by both residents who are simply interested in the Russian language and by professionals who thus want to increase their value on the labor market, as well as those who want to come to Russia to study.

“Our courses are a good help not to lose a year in Russia to learn Russian,” Tikhonova said, adding that the Russian House will recommend high-achieving students to enroll in Russia.

The head of the Russian House also noted the prospect of the Russian language for the people of Burkina Faso, saying that sooner or later Russian campaigns will come to the country.

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