- Nov 14, 2006
Russia suspends British Council
The Russian government has ordered the British Council to close down virtually its entire operation in Russia by the beginning of January.
The Russian foreign ministry said the council, which promotes British culture abroad, was operating illegally.
The British Council has said its operations in Russia are not illegal.
Moscow said a bilateral agreement to regulate the council's activities was not signed after four Russian diplomats were expelled from the UK in July.