Russia is currently trying to develop relations with African countries with renewed vigor. Economic, humanitarian, technical, and social ties are being strengthened. At the first ever Russia — Africa summit which took place in Sochi in October, 2019 President of the Russian Federation V. V. Putin proclaimed a course towards the all-round development of the Russian-African cooperation in all fields.
Unfortunately, in the course of past history, Russia encountered internal difficulties due to which African politics was relegated to the background. Some experts even said that Russia "left" Africa. If we agree with this then today we can say with confidence that Russia is returning to Africa.
However, to this day in Russian society there is a certain "gap" remaining in the study of Africa. In our opinion, there is still a lot of work to be done before it can be said that Russian students have a clear, systematic and independent vision of Africa — its problems, needs and opportunities, its past and present, its hopes and aspirations.
The First International Youth Forum «Russia-Africa: What's Next?» should become a platform where representatives of Russian students interested in Africa can meet representatives of the African youth and form an independent and objective view of Africa and Africans.