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PSU International Students Awarded by Perm Territory Governor

Dmitry Makhonin, Governor of Perm Territory has expressed official gratitude to students of Perm State University (PSU) for their courage and care, shown on 20 September, 2021, at the Permian Character award ceremony, as a recognition by the state and local citizens.   

This year, a total amount of 15 young people and 5 youth public associations were given the Permian character badge, including PSU students, who helped save peoples’ lives on 20 September, 2021. Their names and stories have been included into the Honor Book of Perm.

Students Abdulla Obaid (Iraq), Ashraf Razuk (Iraq), Ovezberdi Sabyrov (Turkmenistan) from the Faculty Chemistry; Anton Grekhov (Russia) from the Faculty of Economics; Yegor Dolgich (Russia) from PSU College for Professional Education have been awarded in the nomination “Overcoming Emergency and/or Mortal Social Danger”.

The Permian Character state and social initiative, started in 2015, aims at supporting children and youth’s social activity, demonstrating responsible civil behavior, helping those in need, encouraging positive change, helping overcome difficult life situations.

PSU Wins Priority 2030 Program, Gets Government Support

Valery Falkov, Head of the Ministry of Higher Education and Science of Russia (Министерство высшего образования и науки РФ) summed up the results of the selection of higher institutions, eligible for the annual state support of RUB 100 million. PSU has become one of 106 universities included in this list, as a result of the Contest selection, run on 18 September.

“Having won the competition, Perm State University will use its extra sources to reach for a new standard of education and partnerships. PSU is heading to overall adoption of individual learning plans and network educational programs – allowing to meet students’ interests and market expectations. We will also continue to develop the institution of tutorship and educational program managers, the latter responsible for constant update of learning process,”

comments Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

Addressing PSU staff meeting on 29 September, Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov highly praised personal qualities that the University team showed in its most difficult time – helping the wounded, calming students, providing mutual support and working hard, both in office and online.

“All your actions are much appreciated and incredibly valuable,” emphasized Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov. “Now is the time to come back to life. Perm State University will have to carry many important decisions about the campus security and further development of the university. We need to keep the unity we all share today. It will help the University step forward.”

Distance Learning Mode Extended at PSU

From 4 to 9 October, distance learning mode (online classes) will be offered to full-time and part-time undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, as well as those studying at PSU College of Professional Education.

“Distance learning has been extended in order to ensure the necessary security measures at the University. In addition, we are seeing an increase of covid-19 cases in the Perm Territory, so it would be wise to take our staff and students’ care into consideration,”

states Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

The access to the University campus remains restricted. For further info, please, see our updates.

PSU Sets Coordination Center for Preventing Extremism

The new Center will deal with techniques and tutorial tasks of preparing info and educational materials to prevent the involvement of young people in destructive organizations, as well as promote better social and cultural adaptation of international students. The center’s specialists will conduct advanced training courses for employees of educational institutions.

“We are going to engage best Russian experts to prevent tragedies long before criminal strikes. The tasks of our experts will also include building trust and positive dialogue with young people. This is necessary in order to identify potential danger as early as possible,”

says Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, PSU Rector.

In October, Perm State University (PSU) will host a month of safety, during which students and staff will be instructed and trained in various emergency maneuvers.

“It is necessary to introduce an information analytical system that will unite work with all the regional youth at schools, colleges and universities. We will be able to use software products from several companies, allowing to monitor social networks, starting with ‘alert’ keywords, phrases and images. It is also necessary to ensure data exchange between secondary educational institutions and universities,”

said Elena Malkova, PSU Vice-Rector for Youth Policy.

For 2021, the Center’s plan includes the creation of a group for science and learning support of activities aimed at forming a civic position among young people. The Center will analyze the best practices in tat field, and set trainings among university staff supervising youth activities.

PSU Teacher Resists Tragedy, Shares Her Story

Olga Grafova, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Translation, Faculty of Modern Foreign Languages and Literature, Perm State University, was one of many teaching fellows, who run classes on 20 September, 2021. Olga learned about the shooting from a student who showed up late – the girl heard shots, on her way. Students started getting calls from friends around the campus.

Immediately after that, Olga and her students blocked the door and started considering the situation.

“We did feel uneasy all the time, – confesses Olga. – After we got ourselves barricaded, we searched for extra means of protection. In our case, we had a heavy metal laptop, one of the students had a pepper ‘mace’ spray. We put it by the door, so it calmed us down a bit. We spread around and sat our backs to the walls, yet we felt united, talked, and shared the news. “

For two hours, before the evacuation, Olga cheered each student with a word and hugs, maintaining a comfortable positive atmosphere in the classroom.

“Due to the fact that we stayed all together and kept talking, we felt some kind of complicity, being as one, which was helpful,” recollects Olga Grafova. – The Dean’s Office was also in constant touch: we received supporting calls from them, and reliable information.”

Olga Grafova and her students still keep in touch: “In circumstances like this, you tend to appreciate good people around and their support you,” Olga admits.

“Joining our Faculty, freshmen find themselves in a ‘family-close’ atmosphere, as we share most in common and know each other well, and so ready to help. For a student, this also means responsibility, as he or she won’t be lost in a study process. For us, in turn, it is important to deal with everyone in person, not just like an ‘audience’,” – points out Natalya Khorosheva, Head of the Department of Linguistics and Translation.

“In that extraordinary case, we as teachers never felt the necessity to continue the lesson, taking into consideration the psychological stress we were all in. Everyone, who happened to be with their students at that moment, with no immediate evacuation, did behave in a decent way – initiating support and dialogue on various matters, while keeping a constant contact with the Dean’s Office and Colleagues.

PSU International Student Helped Evacuation

Ovezberdi Sabyrov (Turkmenistan), a 3rd-year student of the Faculty of Chemistry, Perm State University, kept his temper and did his best to evacuate a group of students off campus.

At the moment of the tragedy of 20 September, Ovezberdi was on the ground floor, was waiting for the classes to start. Suddenly, he heard the sound of gunfire, and saw students running by, shouting.  When the international student saw the shooter saw the guard wounded, it became clear there was no joke involved, and the situation was serious.

Ovezberdi understood it was extremely unsafe to stay in the same place, so he looked for a safe way out. The student gathered his Turkmen and Russian friends, caught other ones on the way, and led them towards Students’ Club (Building 7). There, the University staff pointed them for an emergency exit.

Having reached the Students’ Club, Ovezberdi realized he would not be able to run out first and call for immediate help, as there were too many people at the exit. He instantly decided to jump out the window of the ground floor. Once on the street, the student rushed off campus, and warned passers-by about the danger, and made a call to police.

“I tried to explain the students around that it was important to avoid panic, and quickly step out,”

said Ovezberdi Sabyrov.

Back at home in Turkmenistan, Ovezberdi served in the military for two years. Those days he learned to properly act in emergency situations, when first you evacuate people, and then report to the police. Fellow officers speak of Ovezberdi Sabyrov as a calm, honest and diligent person.

PSU Pays Compensation for Tragedy Victims

By the end of the previous week, Perm State University has paid compensation and offered support to those affected by the tragedy of 20 September – both families of the deceased, and wounded students and teachers.

41 people received financial support from PSU budget. Victims and their families received all possible assistance – medical, psychological and financial.

Besides the University administration being involved, voluntary donations of RUB 855,776.67 were made to PSU Endowment Fund (Фонд целевого капитала ПГНИУ) – expressing support by University patrons, students and teachers, and a wider civil community.

The University encourages the ongoing support of the tragedy victims, and expresses gratitude for each and every person involved. The dedicated bill remains open. The funds raised will be used to provide a long-term assistance.

Overcoming Anxiety: A Word by PSU Rector and Services Contact

In his official address to public audience, expressing deep condolences to families of those tragically shot to death or under medical treatment, Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov, Rector of Perm State University, stated, that the circle of victims is much wider.


“We will feel the heavy burden of the psychological consequences of what happened for a long time to come. If you experience tension, fear, confusion, anxiety, difficulties in communication with students, colleagues or relatives, do not try to cope on your own. I am asking you to immediately contact professional psychologists, who will definitely help you!”

Dr. Dmitry Krasilnikov said.

To remind, psychological guidance for teachers, students, staff and their families has been organized at the dormitories (hostels) of Perm State University. Psychologists work daily on campus until 26 September from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

On PSU campus:

  • Dormitory 2: ul. Bukireva, 16, Head of Student Dormitories’ Office, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 5: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 115, Legal Clinic #122 or Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 6: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 117, Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 7: ul. Petropavlovskaya, 121, Student Council Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 8: ul. Genkelya, 5, Briefing Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 9: Study Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 10: Dorm Head’s room, ground floor.

Hotline phones:

  • Ministry of Emergency Situations, 24/7: (+7 342) 258 40 02, (+7 342) 258 40 01 (ext. 595);
  • Helpline 8 800 2008 911;
  • Emergency social assistance: 8 800 100 83 05.

Local Service Centers in Perm:

  • Regional Center for Psychological, Pedagogical, Medical and Social Support: ul. Ekaterininskaya, 98 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 212 89 70);
  • Regional Psycho-Therapy Center: ul. Geroev Khasana, 20 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 244 28 02);
  • Regional Center for Psychological, Pedagogical and Social Assistance: ul. Kazakhskaya, 71 (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 262 80 60, (+7 342) 262 80 85);
  • Perm City Psychological Center: pr. Komsomolsky, 84a (please, register to apply: (+7 342) 299 98 00).

Please, remember, that all enquiries by our international students and partners might be primarily  addressed to International Department of Perm State University.

International Student Shares His Story of Helping Tragedy Victims «I used my clothes as a bondage and called for the first aid»

Ashraf Razuk (Iraq), a 3rd year student in Pharmacy, Faculty of Chemistry, PSU was one of the first to help the wounded. On 20 September, the student was walking across the Perm State University campus, when the shooting began.

As he saw a girl falling down, the student immediately rushed towards her: “It turned out, she wasn’t injured – just very scared. I loaded her on my shoulders and carried behind the building’s corner, where it was safe.”

After that, Ashraf noticed another victim – a young man, wounded in his leg. Using his clothes, Ashraf bandaged him and called the ambulance.

“Then, someone told me that my friend was wounded – they showed where he was, so I run there to check, and approached a paramedic,”

recollects Ashraf Razuk.

Ashraf’s injured friend happened to be Abdullah Obaid, another student in chemistry from Iraq. During the classes’ break, he strolled by the University fountain. When the shots happened, Abdullah protected the girl standing next to him, covering her with his body. The student received gunshot wounds to both legs. Abdullah was given initial treatment in Perm, and then transferred to a hospital in Moscow.

Perm State University is grateful to everyone who showed courage and provided help and support to those in trouble. We know there were more people on campus who did their best to protect the others!

Psychological Aid at PSU

Dear PSU students teaching staff and friends,

Our task is to provide the necessary psychological assistance to everyone who needs it. It is important to understand that fear and anxiety are normal, and might be overcome. Professionals will help to cope with them.

Psychological guidance for teachers, students, staff and their families has been organized at the dormitories (hostels) of Perm State University. Please, don’t hesitate to apply! Psychologists work daily until 26 September from 10:00am to 8:00pm:

  • Dormitory 2: Head of Student Dormitories’ Office, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 5: Legal Clinic # 122 or Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 6: Lounge Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 7: Student Council Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 8: Briefing Room, ground floor;
  • Dormitory 9: Study Room, 2nd floor;
  • Dormitory 10: Dorm Head’s room, ground floor.

Please, remember, that all your enquiries will be answered by International Department of Perm State University.

During the night time, you may contact the Psychological Service Hotline of the Ministry of Emergency Situations: (342) 258-40-02. Having a Russian friend beside will ease the communication!

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