JRL NEWSWATCH: “Russia Denies Visas for Teachers at Anglo-American School in Moscow” – New York Times/ Andrew E. Kramer

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“Russia’s Foreign Ministry has … denied visas for teachers at a [Moscow] school … run by Western embassies … American officials suggested [the action] was an effort to exert political pressure on the United States by curtailing schooling for the children of diplomats. It is not clear why the Russian government denied entry to 30 teachers, about one fifth of the teaching staff at the Anglo-American School of Moscow …. Moscow’s conflicts with Washington and London have flared repeatedly … [T]he school has been in the political cross hairs before. … Many of the school’s 150 teachers are Russian, but by necessity, the backbone of the faculty has been native English speakers from abroad … for children who come from many countries. … [T]he visa denial may have stemmed from a dispute with the United States, [yet] … children of American officials are unlikely to lose spots in the Anglo-American School, because it gives admission priority to children of diplomats from the United States, Britain and Canada. …”

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