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Russians banned from registering for the TOEFL English exam

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Registration for the TOEFL English exam has become unavailable to Russian citizens. This became known on August 2.

When trying to register on the website of the ETS company that conducts the exam, users are informed that they are denied access if they previously indicated their possession of Russian citizenship.

“Your access to TOEFL products and services is restricted to comply with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) requirements,” it said in a statement.

OFAC is a division of the US Department of the Treasury that deals with financial intelligence, planning, and enforcement of economic and trade sanctions.

TOEFL is an English language proficiency test, the results of which are accepted for admission to foreign universities and for employment.

On March 21, registration for another IELTS English exam was suspended indefinitely in Russia. Candidates could submit it only in electronic format and only until the end of April of this year.

International companies suspend cooperation with Russia against the backdrop of Western sanctions. They were introduced after Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 24 announced the start of an operation to protect the civilian population of Donbass.

A few days earlier, the situation in the region had escalated due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to Russian territory, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, the Russian leader signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.

For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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