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Fact Check-The World Health Organization is still active in Russia as of July 2022, contrary to social media posts

Despite claims to the contrary, the World Health Organization (WHO) did not have its offices in Russia closed and was not expelled from the country. At the time of this article’s publication, WHO continues to operate in the Russian Federation through multiple offices.

One such false claim that appeared on Twitter reads: “#Russia expels the World Health Organization and closes its offices in Moscow” (here).

Copies of the claim also appears on Facebook (here), (here), and Instagram (here).

No credible reports of such a claim were found using web searches in English and Russian

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“The claims are false,” WHO spokesperson Bhanu Bhatnagar told Reuters by email. “WHO continues to operate in the Russian Federation, both through our Country Office and our Office for Noncommunicable Diseases.”

The WHO resolved in May to explore the possibility of moving their Office for Noncommunicable Diseases outside Russia, however the office currently still operates in Moscow (here) and (here). Bhatnagar confirmed to Reuters that this resolution only applies to the Office for Noncommunicable Diseases and does not affect the country office for the Russian Federation.

VERDICT

False. Claims online that Russia had expelled the World Health Organization and closed down their offices are untrue. 

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts  here .

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