Russiangate continues to tell which Russian officials paid for the education of their heirs in foreign educational institutions. This time – the USA: prestigious business schools, Ivy League and doctoral degrees in America.
In Russia, the son of Pavel Astakhov, the former Russian ombudsman for children’s rights, studied at the private Orthodox boarding school called Retro. In it, he studied not only the foundations of Orthodoxy, but also foreign languages. The course did not help him much – in one of the interviews, Anton Astakhov complained: “I believe that in Russian schools I only spoiled my language skills. When I began to travel to America, I began to speak properly.”
Astakhov’s son studied at two London colleges and went to conquer the United States. In 2009, he entered the business school of the European School of Economics in New York. The cost of the Master’s program in management at this school ranges from £ 16,000 to £ 35,000 (from 1.2 million to 2.7 million rubles) for the entire period of study.
The daughter of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, received her first education in America. She first studied at the private Dwight School, one of the elite educational institutions in Manhattan. However, the high-ranking father did not pay for the daughter’s education there. He did not have enough money, so he made a deal with the principal. Yekaterina studied at school for free, and, in return, Lavrov (then still Russia’s envoy to the UN) lectured to the students of The Dwight School.
After that, Lavrov’s daughter studied political science at Columbia University in New York. This is one of the most prestigious universities in the US, which is a member of the Ivy League. The cost of training at the Faculty of Political Science at Columbia University is $ 41 thousand per year (2.3 million rubles).
Having retired as a professional hockey player, Vyacheslav Fetisov became an official. In the middle of 2000s, he managed the Federal Agency for Physical Education and Sports. In 2011, he became the first Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Social Policy of the Council of Federation, and, in September 2016, took a similar position, but this time in the State Duma Committee for Physical Education, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs.
In May of the same year, it transpired that Fetisov’s daughter Anastasia entered the Art School in New York (NYU Tisch School of the Arts). There, she studies in as the graduate in the cinema school. The cost of training per annum depends on the number of selected courses and ranges from $ 20 to $ 60 thousand ($ 1.1-3.4 million).
The son of Andrei Fursenko, the former Minister of Education, went to receive an American education straight after school. In 2001, Alexander Fursenko received a bachelor’s degree from the New York University. It is the largest private research university in the United States. On average, education in it costs $ 46 thousand (2.6 million rubles) per year.
In America, Fursenko’s son received the second higher education. He chose the law faculty at Stanford University. In the list of graduates, he is designated as “Doctor of Jurisprudence.” To get such a degree at Stanford these days, one needs to pay about $ 25 thousand (1.4 million rubles) for a six-month course.
State Duma deputy of VI and VII convocations Alexander Remezkov sent his son Stepan to study at Valley Forge Military Academy & College in the United States. It is a military college in Pennsylvania with almost a hundred-year history. Many of the graduates of this educational institution become professional military men. Remezkov has studied in Valley Forge for a year and graduated in 2010 with a gold medal for success in studies and pilotage. Tuition in the academic year 2017-2018 will cost one $ 50 thousand (2.8 million rubles).
After Valley Forge, the Deputy’s son entered the prestigious Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business. The University is located not far from New York. Among its graduates are former US presidents Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, George HW Bush, and Dwight Eisenhower. When Remezkov was enrolled and graduated is unknown. It was assumed that in 2014 he will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Now, the year of study at this university costs $ 60 thousand (3.4 million rubles).