posted on Jan, 14 2008 @ 11:00 PM
I don't think that paper will come to light, but most likely it consists of empty accusations. I seriously doubt that the Russian government has any
justified reasons to close the offices. This is all purely retaliatory in nature. The tough relations between Russia and UK stretch back years, and
UK appears to be very antagonistic in its activities and demands (stretching back to Litvinenko case and Russian criminals being comforted by the UK
But whether Russian demands to close the Council offices are justified, the UK must comply. By refusing to comply, the UK is only making the
situation worse. It was UK that started the "diplomatic war" by throwing Russian diplomats out. They are guests in the country, and I don't think
that the diplomatic protection of embassies stretches to such organizations as the British Council, but I may be wrong.
As for whose viewpoint it is - there is not much difference between the parliament and Putin anymore. They are one. Something of this profile
probably goes through the President's office.
By the way tax-related accusations in Russia are a well known political tool to deal with organizations and individuals. Because of a large degree of
undercollection by the government and many loop holes, the government is able to accuse nearly anyone of failing to pay certain taxes. It is as if
the government is intentionally letting people and businesses violate the tax laws, so it can come after them later.
[edit on 14-1-2008 by maloy]