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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

32 Russians Evacuated, Quarantined

Thirty-two Russians evacuated from Rwanda over the weekend have been quarantined in Moscow hospitals until Wednesday, a government official overseeing their return said Monday.


Four Russian men and 28 women and children returned from the strife-torn African country Sunday after living through one of the worst genocides of the 20th century, in which hundreds of thousands were massacred.


The Russians were evacuated by an IL-96 jet sent by the Emergency Situations Ministry, according to spokesman Alexander Avdoshin.


Many of the evacuees are married to Rwandan citizens and have children who grew up in Rwanda, Avdoshin said.


Because of the rampant spread of disease in the wake of the fighting, Russian authorities decided to quarantine the arrivals in a hospital specializing in infectious diseases, according to Nikolai Shulkov, who is supervising their resettlement for the Federal Immigration Service.


Itar-Tass reported that they are in good health, other than a young boy who is suffering from a stomach ailment.