MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to media reports, the UK Foreign Office notified Twitter about an account with a handle @BritshEmb1917, which had an official coat of arms of the UK Foreign Office as its profile picture, because of an unauthorized use of the state-associated branding.
"HMG [Her Majesty's Government] insists on closing @BritishEmb1917 on Br-Rus.relations in 1917 Revolution. 1,2m files held secret by @ForeignOffice to do with that?" the Embassy wrote.
In 2013, The Guardian newspaper reported that the UK Foreign Office might be hoarding a secret trove of about 1.2 million files, which should have been declassified and transferred to the National Archives. However, the government reportedly began declassifying documents in 2014.
The blocked Twitter account was launched as part of the 1917LIVE project, which aims to roleplay the events of 1917 online. Several accounts of other prominent figures and organizations of the time, including Vladimir Lenin, have been set up and are tweeting daily. Over 120,000 tweets using the project's hashtag #1917LIVE have been made so far.