Wednesday 25 April 2018

The British Council has suspended operations in line with the 17 March instruction from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We remain profoundly disappointed at this development.  It is our view that when political or diplomatic relations become difficult, cultural relations and educational opportunities are vital to maintain on-going dialogue between people and institutions.

Michael Bird, our Country Director in Russia, continues in his role as Cultural Counsellor at the British Embassy in Moscow, and we are working with the Embassy to ensure that cultural relations between the UK and Russia continue. We remain committed to the development of long-term people-to-people links with Russia as we are in over 100 other countries.





About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.