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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red-Faced Store Pulls T-Shirt

One of Britain's largest menswear stores has pulled a T-shirt off its racks after realizing it bore a slogan similar to those used by Russian ultranationalists to promote ethnic cleansing, the company said.

Burton stores stopped selling the T-shirts on Friday in response to concerns raised by a Russian-speaking staff member, a week after 6,000 of the shirts went on sale, a spokeswoman said.

The slogan written in Cyrillic script reads "Ochistim Rus Ot Vsekh Nerusskikh!" (We will cleanse Russia of all non-Russians!). The words wrap around the Russian state symbol of the double-head eagle. In the center of the eagle is a Russian Orthodox cross.

Burton said it thought the slogan meant "Be proud of Russia!"

"We were assured by our supplier that it was a patriotic slogan," a company spokeswoman said on condition of anonymity in line with company policy.

"As soon as we realized its significance and that it was not something we would want on our T-shirts, it was withdrawn from stores," she said Saturday.

It was not immediately clear who had designed and made the shirts.

AP, MT