The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC has announced that it is temporarily ceasing operations in Russia and will work outside the country. This is stated in a statement by BBC Director General Tim Davie in connection with the new law on news coverage adopted in Russia.

“This law criminalizes the very process of independent journalism. This leaves us with no choice but to temporarily suspend the work of all BBC News journalists and support staff in the Russian Federation while we assess all the consequences of this unsightly event. The BBC News Russian service will continue to work outside Russia,” he said.

The head of the BBC stressed that the corporation is not ready to expose employees “to the risk of criminal prosecution just for doing their job.”

“Our journalists in Ukraine and around the world will continue to cover the invasion of Ukraine,” he added.