The 16 suspects were removed from the embassy building at the request of Nigerian staff, Russia’s interior ministry told local media.
All of them are enrolled at colleges of higher education in Russia, it added.
Other African students in Russia have protested in the past over their home countries’ failure to pay their grants.
The 16 students arrested in Moscow face administrative charges, the interior ministry said.
Trouble erupted at the embassy on Malaya Nikitskaya Street following a hearing for the students over their financial problems, according to a police source quoted by Ria-Novosti news agency.
Furniture was smashed in the reception room, after which the students reportedly threatened to damage the embassy’s other rooms.
Last year, Nigerian students beat up an embassy representative over non-payment of grants…
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