March 22, 2018 / 1:04 PM / 7 months ago

British Council ceases activity in Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The British Council said in a statement on Thursday it has been instructed by the Russian foreign ministry to cease activity in Russia and it has cancelled all scheduled events and programmes.

A general view shows the building of All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature, named after Margarita Rudomino, which houses the British Council in Moscow, Russia March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

“We deeply regret this and are grateful for your understanding,” the statement said.

The British Council, a state-funded body which promotes British culture overseas, has worked in Moscow continuously since 1959, the statement said.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Christian Lowe

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