Nigerian students Christopher Onoja (top), 22, and Issac Ismaila (bottom), 24, both came to Russia on a scholarship. ‘Honestly, I don’t like anything about this place because the rooms are full of roaches and bed bugs. We renovated— the lighting, the wallpaper, everything — but it was a mess when we arrived,’ Onoja said.

Photograph: Pascal Dumont/The Moscow Times

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