American magician stirred the imagination of St. Petersburg journalists

On February 14, American magician of Chinese origin Shin Lim astonished with his art and mastery a large group of St. Petersburg journalists invited to the Residence of the U.S. Consul General in St. Petersburg Thomas Leary. The journalists did not miss the opportunity to ask numerous questions to the presenter after hisperformance and asked to show them the tricks

Emmy Award-Winner Promotes Recycling and Filmmaking in Vladivostok

Chris Beaver, an Emmy Award-winning film director from California, conducted an extensive three-day Speaker Program in Vladivostok promoting San Francisco’s “zero waste” initiative and educating Vladivostok enthusiasts on basic film-making techniques.  On February 9, Mr. Beaver presented his documentary, “Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste,” to 100 spectators at the Ocean IMAX movie theater.  The movie, which investigated

Small World. A blog post by Ambassador Tefft.

As the old saying goes, it’s a small world.  I was reminded just how interconnected our world is – and how long it has been so – when I had the opportunity last weekend to visit the amazing exhibit “The Georgian Avantgarde” currently on display at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. This beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition

Official Statement on Russian Federation violations of INF Treaty Obligations

Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State: “We do not comment on intelligence matters. The United States takes seriously its international commitments and arms control obligations.   As detailed most recently in the 2016 Compliance Report, the Russian Federation remains in violation of its INF Treaty obligations not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile with a range

Super Bowl Screening at the Consulate Promotes Sports, International and Inter-Generational Dialogue

Thanks to Houston’s location 16 time zones away from the Russian Far East, the Consulate in Vladivostok was able to broadcast the Super Bowl on Monday morning in a spectacular Public Diplomacy event promoting sports, a healthy life style, mutual understanding, and inter-generational dialogue. The core groups of participants were university-aged football players and school-aged students from Vladivostok and Artyom

Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Ufa

Consul General Marcus Micheli traveled to Ufa, the capital of the Republic of Bashkortostan, from January 31 to February 2, 2017.  In Ufa, CG Micheli met with representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development of Bashkortostan, the MFA Office in Ufa, and the Republican Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  CG Micheli also met with the leadership of the Burintekh Company, and

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

The exact origins of Valentine’s Day are murky, but February 14 is a day that commemorates a number of Christian saints named Valentine, and the day became associated with romantic love during the Middle Ages in England. Some historians believe Valentine’s Day also has vestiges of pagan festivals once held throughout Europe.

Department of State on the Sentencing of Aleksey Navalny

We are concerned by the latest guilty verdict handed down against Aleksei Navalny. The current prosecution of Navalny is a replica of a 2013 case, which Russia’s Supreme Court overturned and the European Court of Human Rights ruled had violated his civil rights. The decision appears to be another example of the Russian government’s growing crackdown on independent voices, including opposition politicians.

Consul General Greets U.S. University Representatives and Russian Academics

On January 29, 2017 Vladivostok U.S. Consul General Michael Keays hosted a reception for more than 40 guests in his residence. The event was held in honor of admissions officers visiting from four U.S. universities to participate in an education fair sponsored by EducationUSA and was attended by prominent academics from several local universities and secondary schools as well as

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland: Civil rights hero

Joan Trumpauer Mulholland might seem like an unlikely civil rights hero: a white teenage girl with a conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, during the Jim Crow era of segregation. But by the time she was 19 years old, she had participated in over three dozen sit-ins and protests in the South against the treatment of black Americans, earning her a place on

Full Text: Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Ambassador Nikki Haley: Remarks to the United Nations Security Council on Ukraine

Ambassador Nikki Haley, speaking to the United Nations Security Council on February 2, 2017 “The dire situation in eastern Ukraine is one that demands clear and strong condemnation of Russian actions…The United States stands with the people of Ukraine, who have suffered for nearly three years under Russian occupation and military intervention. Until Russia and the separatists it supports respect

U.S. Consul General’s First Visit to Ussuriysk

U.S. Consul General Michael Keays visited Ussuriysk for the first time on January 27, 2017 to meet with retired Colonel Vladimir Kaplyuk, President of the “Soldier” Fund, a charity and organization that looks out for the welfare and well-being of veterans of local and international military conflicts.  Mr. Kaplyuk gave the Consul General a tour of his office, reviewed with

A look back at how presidents made history with executive orders

President Trump has signed many documents since his January 20 inauguration. These documents set out Trump’s policies on health care and international trade, among other things. Some of these measures are called executive orders. Others are considered White House or presidential memoranda. So what’s the difference? Executive orders vs. memoranda Both executive orders and memoranda have what is known as

Readout of the President’s Call with Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Donald J. Trump received a congratulatory call today from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The call lasted approximately one hour and ranged in topics from mutual cooperation in defeating ISIS to efforts in working together to achieve more peace throughout the world including Syria. The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair. Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.

“Never forget. Never again.” A blog post by Ambassador Tefft.

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of an act of heroism of the Soviet Army — the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. In remembering this historic day, we are called to reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust and honor the six million Jews and millions of Slavs, Roma, Jehovah’s Witnesses, persons with disabilities, and other minorities who were murdered

An Exhibition of U.S. Universities

On January 25, an exhibition of American universities and colleges was organized by EducationUSA and took place in Yekaterinburg. Representatives of four American educational institutions – John Cabot University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Shoreline Community College and American University in Bulgaria – consulted students and their parents on the diverse educational opportunities they offer. At presentations and workshops Education USA

Statement by the President on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

“Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

From Russia to the Marines, this woman’s next stop is infantry school

Jan 26, 2017 After 13 brutal weeks of marching, sleep deprivation and tests of physical and mental endurance, Maria Daume in January graduated from the Marine Corps basic training program on Parris Island, South Carolina. Daume is part of the first class of women who graduated with a contract to join the Marine infantry, which means that she will go

Insights of a Russian writer traveling in the U.S.

One learn about America through the lens of a Russian journalist. We turned to Daniil Turovsky, Meduza’s special correspondent and the winner of GQ Russia’s journalist of the year 2015 award, for insights (via Instagram) from his travels in the U.S. Join us as we start with Turovsky in the nation’s capital, Washington, at the National Mall, a national park in the heart

New drug offers hope for people with aggressive cancers

A new drug has the potential to change the way some cancers are treated. Scientists at two U.S. firms are working together on a drug, officially called PF-06647020, which targets some aggressive cancers that are notoriously hard to cure, including certain breast, ovarian and lung cancers. “We’re hoping to rip out the cancer by its roots, essentially,” said Marc Damelin

Here’s newly sworn-in President Trump’s full speech

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will

Ongoing Violations of Freedom of Expression in Russia. Statement to the OSCE Permanent Council by Deputy Chief of Mission Kate M. Byrnes

As delivered by Deputy Chief of Mission Kate M. Byrnes to the Permanent Council, Vienna January 19, 2017 The United States is concerned about the December 28 decision by Chechnya’s Supreme Court to uphold the conviction of Zhalaudi Geriev, a local independent journalist. Mr. Geriev was detained by authorities April 16, 2016 near Grozny. Members of security services reportedly assaulted

Boston-Yekaterinburg-Yalutorovsk Videoconference

Hazami Barmada, co-founder of Al-Mubadarah and prominent civic leader connected via video conference with Muslim women in Russia. The audience included representatives of the Inter-ethnic Information Center in Yekaterinburg and a Muslim Women’s Club composed of Siberian Tatars at the Yalutorovsk Mosque.  The discussion focused on the hot topic of social entrepreneurship as a business model for social innovation. Although

“Russia: The Threat, the International Order, and the Way Forward.” Remarks by Ambassador Power.

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Annual Report on the Implementation of the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC January 9, 2017 Today the State Department submitted to Congress, as required by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, the fourth annual report on the U.S. Government’s actions to implement the Act. As part of this report, the State Department, in concert with the Treasury

Message for U.S. Citizens: Winter Holiday Closure (January 2-8, 2017)

Message for U.S. Citizens: Winter Holiday Closure — U.S. Consular Posts in Russia will be closed for regular services January 2-8, 2017 due to Russian holidays We take this opportunity to remind U.S. citizens and family members that all U.S. consular posts in Russia will be closed beginning Saturday 31 December 2016 and continuing through 2-8 January 2017 in observance

Statement by the President on Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

“Today, I have ordered a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election. These actions follow repeated private and public warnings that we have issued to the Russian government, and are a necessary and appropriate response to efforts to harm U.S. interests in violation of established international norms of behavior…”

FACT SHEET: Actions in Response to Russian Malicious Cyber Activity and Harassment

Today, President Obama authorized a number of actions in response to the Russian government’s aggressive harassment of U.S. officials and cyber operations aimed at the U.S. election in 2016. Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government. These actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

Deputy Department Spokesperson Mark C. Toner: “The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to two recreational compounds in the United States owned by the Russian Government.”

Why U.S. — Russia Trade Still Matters. An op-ed by Ambassador Tefft.

Sanctions and counter­sanctions might dominate the headlines, but the local backstory is one of mutually beneficial cooperation. First appeared in The Moscow Times on December 22, 2016. By John F. Tefft In my time in Moscow, I have sometimes encountered misunderstanding about the nature of the United States’ trade relationship with Russia, and the U.S. government’s role in it. This confusion might arise

Carol Salmanson’s Work Decorates a Famous Constructivism Monument in Yekaterinburg

Bravely enduring the truly severe Urals winter weather conditions, Brooklyn-based artist Carol Salmanson presented her installation of light Water Bubbles on the famous Yekaterinburg UNESCO-recognized monument of constructivism The White Tower (architect Moses Reischer, 1931).  Carol was invited to create this work by the organizers of the International Festival of Light Art UnDark.  The Festival has been held in Yekaterinburg

Russia Lists 150th NGO Under So-Called “Foreign Agent Law”

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American English language program for high school students launched in Yekaterinburg

The ACCESS Microscholarships program for high school students wishing to study American English has been launched in Yekaterinburg, thanks to the English Language Teachers Association of the Urals (ELTA-Urals) and the English Language Office of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. On December 19 Consul for Education, Culture and Media, Peter Burba welcomed the students of the first ACCESS group in

Statement by Secretary Kerry on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 19, 2016 The United States condemns the assassination today in Ankara of Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones, the Russian people, and with the other victims who were injured in this shooting. We stand ready to offer assistance to Russia and Turkey as

Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities In Connection with Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and the Conflict in Ukraine

Treasury Sanctions Individuals and Entities In Connection with Russia’s Occupation of Crimea and the Conflict in Ukraine 12/20/2016   Action Designates Seven Individuals and Eight Entities and Identifies 26 Subsidiaries of the Russian Agricultural Bank and Novatek WASHINGTON – To maintain the effectiveness of existing sanctions, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Assassination of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov (December 19, 2016)

The United States strongly condemns the assassination of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, in Ankara today, which reportedly also left others wounded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of Ambassador Karlov and the other victims, and we offer our condolences to the Russian people and Government. This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russia and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms.

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks on Syria

Remarks on Syria Video Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 15, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Hello, everybody. I just wanted to bring you all up to date on what we’ve been trying to do with respect to the tragic situation in Syria, and obviously mostly focused or especially Aleppo. I don’t think I have to elaborate, but I’m

Kansas – Yekaterinburg: Video Conference on support for children with autism

On December 13, experts from the University of Kansas Sean Swindler (Center for Autism Research and Training at Kansas University) and Amy Allison of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City  Amy Allison shared their experience on supporting children with autism with interested stakeholders in Yekaterinburg. The meeting took place via a video conference organized by the U.S. Consulate

World AIDS Day – 2016 in Yekaterinburg

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Vladivostok CG Honors Jack London Anniversary by Op-Ed in Novaya Gazeta

On November 24,  Novaya Gazeta vo Vladivostoke published an Op-Ed by Vladivostok CG Michael Keays honoring the 100th anniversary of the death of Jack London, one of the most celebrated American writers in Russia.  Michael Keays told the paper audience about his personal experience of reading London’s prose and explained why Americans still consider him an “outstanding writer and an

Pumpkin Pie Online: Vladivostok CG Highlights Thanksgiving Traditions

On Thanksgiving Eve, Vladivostok CG Michael Keays participated in a popular cooking show “Weekend Recipe” ran by principal regional online news agency Primamedia.  The kitchen in the CG residence was remodeled into a photo studio:   Primamedia correspondents filmed a detailed report on the “secrets of pumpkin pie recipe”.  While mixing, stirring, kneading and baking Michael Keays was also telling journalists

International Education Week in Primorye

On November 14-18, Consul General Michael Keays, Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, English Language Officer Jerry Frank and English Language Fellow William Smith launched International Education Week for over 600 high-school students and teachers in Vladivostok, Artem and Nakhodka by conducting a series of presentations that covered such topics as US education system, presentational skills for teachers, approaching the teaching

Fostering elimination of gender-based violence

Photo: A digital video conference with Nina Murray, Health Officer at the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Section of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow On November 25 U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg and partner organizations held an event to mark both the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women http://www.un.org/en/events/endviolenceday/ and the 25th Anniversary of the “16 Days of Activism

Consul General visits Irbit

In November, Marcus Micheli, the U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, and Michael Ritchie, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs, visited Irbit, Sverdlovsk Oblast.  The Ural motorcycle is one of the Oblast’s most iconic brands, and is loved and collected by enthusiasts around the world, including in the United States.  Vladimir Kurmachyov, the CEO of the Irbit Motorcycle Plant, took the

Film showings at the Consul General Residence in St. Petersburg

Every month the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg hosts viewings of American feature films, animated movies and documentaries. We select films that offer our audience a deeper, more detailed understanding of American history, culture and society. The films are shown in English with English subtitles. The showings are open to the public 18 years

International Education Week-2016 celebrated in the Urals

From November 14-18 the U.S Consulate General in Yekaterinburg and local partners celebrated the International Education Week – 2016 with a number of events including lectures and online presentations, discussions in English on educational issues and film showings. Chief of the Consular Section Rafael Gonzales spoke on U.S. student visas and the Summer Work and Travel program; IRC specialists conducted

The Musical “Message from Saturn”

The opening night performance of the musical, “Message from Saturn,” written by U.S. jazz pianist, composer and educator Eli Yamin provided a magnificent conclusion to his 2016 tour of the Urals. This first performance of his musical outside of the United States occurred on November 19 at the “Ural Center” where a full house had gathered. The next day the

Seventh Anniversary of the Death of Sergey Magnitskiy

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC November 15, 2016   Today we remember the death of Sergey Magnitskiy, who died November 16, 2009 in Moscow’s Butyrka prison, where he was confined after making corruption allegations against Russian officials. An investigation by Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council found that Magnitskiy had been

U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk

On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.”  Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this

U.S. Consul visited Chelyabinsk

On November 15, 2016 U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg Marcus Micheli visited Chelyabinsk. The Consul General presented at a conference entitled “International Programs to Support Scientific and Technical Cooperation: Transfer of Technology and the Search for Partners.”  Later that day, the Consul General also greeted the participants of the 7th International Environmental Forum of Chelyabinsk, with the focus of this year’s form “Climate Change and the

10th Anniversary of the Murder of Anna Politkovskaya

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC October 6, 2016 Today we honor the memory of Russian journalist Anna Politovskaya on the tenth anniversary of her brutal murder. Ms. Politkovskaya’s courage and persistence in shedding light on the horrors of the conflicts in Chechnya remains an inspiration to us all. We again call upon

Thirtieth Anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC October 11, 2016 Today marks the 30th anniversary of the Reykjavik Summit, when over the course of a fateful two days, the ideas President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev discussed created the foundation of modern arms control and disarmament, helped reverse an arms race, and propelled the negotiation

On record statement from State Dept. Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: “Any suggestion that we rejected Russia’s proposal to observe our elections is false. Individual parties—foreign governments, NGOs, etc.—are welcome to apply to state governments to observe our elections. Individual states maintain the authority to approve or deny requests from outside parties to observe their elections. We understand that the Russian Embassy intended to approach

Sister cities relationship fosters university partnerships

Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Perm October 11-12.  Mr. Micheli met with Mr. Igor Y. Makarikhin, Rector of Perm State Scientific Research University, and congratulated the University on its Centennial anniversary.  Several delegations of U.S. partner universities also attended the celebrations, including the University of Louisville, Delta State University, Ohio Northern University, and Lyndon State College. The Consul General also

Consul General Michael Keays Visits Art School for Children in Vladivostok

On October 6 Consul General Michael Keays visited Art School for Children # 3, which has partnered with the Consulate on many occasions. Many U.S. musicians and dancers have conducted master-classes for children and teachers at the school, sharing their experience and providing invaluable inspiration to future musicians and dancers. CG Keays met with Principal and Vice Principal. During his visit,

International Day Celebration at the International Linguistic School

On October 13, Consul General Michael Keays and his spouse Andrea attended the annual International Day event organized by the International Linguistic School, Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services. This year’s theme was “The History of Cinema.” Teams of high school students gave impressive presentations on international film, and then children invited guests to Russian, U.S., Japanese, Chinese, South

Dialogue on Energy Saving Continues

Stephen A. Roosa, Ph.D., an internationally recognized expert in energy management and urban sustainability, and LEED Accredited Professional, presented at the 100+ Forum on High Rise and Unique Construction. The Forum was held October 5-7 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. In addition to his presentations at the 100+ Forum,  Dr. Roosa also presented at the Institute of Construction of the Urals Federal

San Francisco and Vladivostok Photographers Build a “Photo Bridge” Across Pacific

On October 7, U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok supported a spectacular international movie and photo exhibit entitled, “Freeze Frame! Look How Beautiful it is!” demonstrating “ the beauty, spirit, and similarities”  between Vladivostok and San Francisco.   The Consulate partnered with Vladivostok State University of Economics and Services (VSUES) and the local video studio “Seven”  to organize a photo exhibit of photographers

Suspension of Participation in Bilateral Channels With Russia Established to Sustain the Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

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Press Statement on the Boris Nemtsov Murder Trial

October 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Moscow notes that today marks the opening of the trial of the five individuals accused of the February 27, 2015 assassination of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and Nizhny-Novgorod Oblast Governor Boris Nemtsov. The world has been watching how Russia reacts to the murder of a leading political opposition figure within sight of

Integrated Art Keeps Growing in Yekaterinburg

Dwayne Scheunemann and Marion Baldeon of REVolutions Dance Company, Tampa, Florida spent an intensive week of workshops, performances and public meetings in Yekaterinburg in September 18-24.  The American dancers participated in the Inclusive Arts Festival organized by Blagoe Delo non-profit group in preparation for the 1st World Congress of People with Disabilities scheduled for September 2017.  Within the framework of

Press Statement on the Current Situation in Syria

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Press Statement on Strike on Humanitarian Aid Convoy in Syria

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U.S. Statement on Russian Duma Elections

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Secretary Kerry’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov

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Rock Music Connects Urals and North Virginia

Northern Virginia-based progressive rock band Burn The Ballrooom spent an intensive concert week in the Mid- and South Urals.  The band performed in both large and small venues, including the Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg and Sergy Prokofyev Concert Hall in Chelyabinsk.  The American musicians performed at the Day of Knowledge celebration show at Tchaikovskiy Institute of Arts and met

Media Note: Under Secretary Stengel Travel to Russia

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson MEDIA NOTE Under Secretary Stengel Travel to Russia   Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel will travel to Moscow, Russia from September 13 -16. In Moscow, he will meet with U.S. Embassy staff, Russian government officials and Russian journalists. The Under Secretary will engage with alumni

Rock Across Russia

August 17 – September 5, the U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok carried out a multi-event, multi-city music program reaching over 10,000 music fans in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Irkutsk, including headlining the largest rock music festival in the Russian Far East, V-ROX. American group “Burn the Ballroom” built on their growing Russia fame by continuing the tour, with U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg’s

Sergey Dovlatov Book: A Bridge Between American and Russian Cultures

On September 5th the U.S. Consulate General, along with its partners from the Vladivostok media and cultural community, hosted a public presentation of the unique photo album “Sergey Dovlatov in Nina Alovert’s photographs and memoirs.” The book, timed for the 75th anniversary of the late, popular Russian-American writer’s birth, represents another tangible bridge between Russian and American cultures: the project

Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the opening ceremony of the VI International Forum “To the Glory of Fleet and Motherland” in Arkhangelsk

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Letters of Happiness

On August 5th, the Arseniev State Museum and U.S. Consulate General jointly hosted a public presentation of the 15-minute documentary “Letters of Happiness,” dedicated to celebrated American chronicler Eleanor L. Prey. The film presents the story of Eleanor L. Prey, whose thousands of letters home from Vladivostok from 1894 -1930 captured the daily life and great historical events in of

U.S. Forest Service specialists to share their experience in Russia

From July 30th to August 7th, two specialists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will travel in the Republic of Khakassia to share expertise on interpretive planning, visitor center exhibits, and attracting visitors to recreational sites. The specialists will participate in site visits, where our partners are actively working to develop ecotourism opportunities for Russian and international tourists. Additionally, the

Message for U.S. Citizens: Cases of Anthrax Confirmed in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District (August 3, 2016)

U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District should be aware of reported cases of anthrax affecting humans and animals in the region. As of August 3, local media sources report 20 confirmed cases of anthrax in humans, resulting in the death of one child.  In total, more than 70 people have been hospitalized.  Between 1,500 and

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US Actor and theater director Allen Nause was invited to the once-Siberian capital, Tobolsk to stage Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple at the Tobolsk Ershov Drama Theater.  Mr. Nause spent five weeks in Russia directing and staging the classic American play.  A follower of Stanislavskiy, Mr. Nause noted in his interview to a local news outlet how mutually enriching and

Woven Together Travelled Around Urals Consular District

An exhibit of Native American arts and crafts put together and curated by professor Susan Fricke toured Surgut, Chelyabinsk, Izhevsk, Glazov, Salekhard and Orenburg, allowing Russian art fans to better understand the contemporary native American art scene. Three native artists visited the hosting cities:  Diani Whitehawk Polk  traveled to the Arctic city of Salekhard and held workshops on the Lakota

The Student Loan Stringband Brings Newgrass Music to Russian Audiences

Portland-based Student Loan Stringband spent two weeks in Russia as cultural ambassadors supported by the U.S. Department of State. From June 28 through July 10 the band had an intensive schedule, playing shows almost every night.  Their performances at official Independence Day receptions in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg brought an authentic spirit to the American celebration.  The band held shows

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Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. The Seven Sections are: Visas – For all your Visa needs and questions. U.S. Citizen Services – Providing

Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the Independence Day Reception (July 4, 2016)

Spaso House | July 4th, 2016   Welcome to Spaso House and our annual Fourth of July reception! This year, we are celebrating the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.   That document, together with the U.S. Constitution, has served as the keystone of the American democratic idea.  Recall Thomas Jefferson’s immortal phrase from the Declaration: “We hold these truths

International Young Physicists Tournament in Yekaterinburg

From June 26-July 3, a group of high school physics students and their team leaders from around the United States traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in the International Young Physicists Tournament. During the tournament, teams from 29 countries competed to solve challenging physics problems while sharing their cultures and their love of science. Congratulations and great job to the team!

U.S. Independence Day Reception in Yekaterinburg

On June 29, 2016, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg held a reception in honor of Independence Day at the Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg. Representatives of the region’s official, cultural, educational, and business spheres attended the celebration. Following the American and Russian national anthems, Consul General Marcus Micheli highlighted the connections between the United States and the regions of the Urals

Readout of Assistant Secretary Victoria Nuland’s June 23 Visit to Moscow

Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland and NSC Senior Directors Celeste Wallander and Charles Kupchan visited Moscow June 23 for consultations with Russian officials on the situation in eastern Ukraine and next steps to implement the Minsk agreements in support of the Normandy countries.  The Russian delegation was led by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Vladislav

Transcript of Irkutsk Media Meeting with Ambassador Tefft

Ambassador Tefft: So my mission here is to try to understand what is going on in Irkutsk and in the region, to understand all different aspects of the society. I would tell you that your Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Kislyak,  recently went to Tennessee and had a visit very similar to this to call on government officials as

Baseball Diplomacy in the Russian Far East

June 5-20, U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok, along with the Primorskiy Kray, Vladivostok, and Khabarovsk baseball federations and partners in municipal administrations, carried out an extensive sports diplomacy project reaching over 800 children in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, and Khorol. Nick Cappuccilli, a coach at the California-based baseball organization Lifeletics as well high school coach and teacher, led clinics for youth baseball teams,

U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Tyumen

On June 7, Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Tyumen.  He met with Tyumen oblast and city officials, as well as a representative of the Tyumen Oblast Chamber of Commerce, to discuss areas of possible cooperation between the United States and Tyumen, including in the commercial and cultural spheres.  During his visit to Tyumen, CG Micheli also toured Schlumberger Siberian Training

Trio from Portland Performs in Russia

May 24 – June 6, Portland, Oregon-based folk musician trio “Three for Silver” carried out a robust music diplomacy program in three capital cities of the Russian Far East.  This project was made possible when the Khabarovsk-Portland Sister City Association invited the trio to perform at the Khabarovsk City Day.  U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok expanded the initiative and helped the

Consul General and Minister Counselor of Economic Affairs visited VSMPO-AVISMA and UBM

On May 26,  Consul General Marcus Micheli  and Embassy Moscow Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs Karen Enstrom visited the Verkhnaya Salda Metallurgical Enterprise (VSMPO-AVISMA) and Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM), the joint venture between VSMPO-AVISMA and the Boeing Company.  Both are located in Verkhnaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast.  At VSMPO-AVISMA, the world’s largest producer of titanium and titanium alloys, the Consul General

Consul General visits Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company

On May 10, the Consul General Marcus Micheli  met with Andrey Kozitsyn, General Director of the Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company (UMMC), and toured the company’s historic copper production facility in Verkhnaya Pyshma. The site visit included a discussion of the cooperation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in World War II, the workings of UMMC, which produces 39

U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli Visited Orenburg

On May 18 U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Orenburg. During meetings with Acting Minister of Culture and External Affairs Aleksander Kalinin, Deputy Mayor Yaroslav Moiseev, and MFA Representative in Orenburg Aleksander Kuznetsov, Consul General Micheli highlighted the importance of maintaining and strengthening productive ties between Orenburg region and the United States through cultural projects, educational exchanges, and commercial connections.

Press Availability by Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland

ASSISTANT SECRETARY NULAND: Hello everybody. It’s nice to see you. We are just completing a very constructive round of consultations here in Moscow. Yesterday, we had a very thorough discussion, led on the Russian side by Presidential Administration Senior Advisor Surkov, on the whole complex issues associated with the Minsk Agreements. Today here at the Foreign Ministry, I had a

Statement from Ambassador Tefft in Honor of the 40-Year Anniversary of the Moscow Helsinki Group

I would like to extend my congratulations to my friend Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseyeva and the rest of the Moscow Helsinki Group on the commemoration of its 40-year anniversary today. The Moscow Helsinki Group is a product of the Helsinki Final Act, also known as the Helsinki Accords, signed by 35 heads of state, including the Soviet Union’s General Secretary Leonid

Joint Statement of the Russian Federation and the United States on Syria

The Russian Federation and the United States of America, as co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), recognize the progress that has been made with respect to the cessation of hostilities (CoH) in Syria, in accordance with our Joint Statement of February 22, 2016, and in improving humanitarian access. We believe our joint efforts have brought about a significant

Consul General visits Penetron Production Facility

On April 26,  U.S. Embassy Moscow Deputy Senior Commercial Officer Scott Pozil and Consul General Marcus Micheli visited Yekaterinburg’s Penetron production facility.  Their visit was hosted by Igor Chernogolov, President of Penetron Russia Group of Companies.  Penetron is a joint venture of ICS/Penetron International Ltd. of New York, a prominent world producer of materials for concrete protection and repair.  The

Lehrer Dance to Visit the Urals

Lehrer Dance is an exciting and innovative professional dance company based in Buffalo, NY.  Under the direction of Jon Lehrer, the company embodies his definitive style.  The Lehrer Dance style is based on three main elements of movement: Circularity, 3-Dimensionality, and Momentum.  These combine to create a form that is best described as “Organically Athletic,” integrating the approach and fluidity

Spring Scavenger Hunt

On April 23rd, 60 people took part in our annual scavenger hunt, highlighting Russian-U.S. ties in Yekaterinburg. Over the course of two and half hours, students and teachers visited ten stations in the center of Yekaterinburg to complete various challenges about Russia, the U.S. and the English language.  They caught a football in full American football gear; reported news at a

Academic Writing Centers to appear in the Urals and Western Siberia

April 11-16, Yekaterinburg English Language Specialist Eve Smith led intensive training sessions in Tyumen State University, Urals State Pedagogical University and Urals Federal University for English teachers who will work as consultants in the newly opened writing centers.  Academic writing centers are aimed at providing assistance to scholars and students on their papers, projects, articles, thesis, etc., and keeping up

In a League of Their Own at Dom Pechati

Doug McDonald, ISO, opened In a League of Their Own at Dom Pechati in March.  The film, which is based on real-life story of the first women’s baseball team, was screened in honor of Women’s History Month in the United States.  After the film, attendees participated in a discussion about the movie in English, led by Doug.

Sustainable Design Expert Visits Yekaterinburg

April 11-13, Stephen Roosa, PhD, visited Yekaterinburg to share information about sustainable design and energy efficient technologies.  An expert in green building, Mr. Roosa spoke with university students and ecological experts in Perm, Nizhniy Tagil, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk.  He also gave a public lecture at the Museum of Architecture and Design and spoke at the Rotary Club.  Mr. Roosa believes

Woven Together Opens in Salekhard and Dyani Whitehawk Polk Offers Workshops on Porcupine Quilling

Continuing the Consulate’s efforts to highlight diversity in the United States, on March 26 the Consulate was delighted to open Woven Together in Salekhard, the capital of Yamal Nenets Autonomous Okrug.  Dyani White Hawk Polk, a Lakota artist, visited the opening and offered workshops on porcupine quilling techniques to local artisans, students and indigenous tribes.  The Public Affairs Officer, Sarah

Ilya Itin Visits Yekaterinburg

World-renowned pianist Ilya Itin performed at the Urals Musical College on April 8 and the Philharmonic on April 10.  Born and raised in Yekaterinburg, but having lived in the United States for many years, Mr. Itin’s visit highlighted the strength of cultural ties between Russia and the United States.  During his visit, he also offered workshops to students at his

Consul General Micheli Hosts Reception in Honor of Ilya Itin

On April 6, Consul General Micheli hosted a reception at his residence in honor of Ilya Itin. Guests from the cultural scene in Yekaterinburg enjoyed the opportunity to converse with Ilya Itin, a world-class pianist and cultural ambassador uniquely able to represent U.S.-Russia cultural ties.  Mr. Itin, was born in Yekaterinburg and educated in both Yekaterinburg in Moscow.  For many

Let’s Talk about U.S. Elections!

March 31, the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, hosted 15 university students for a discussion about U.S. elections. The students and the PAO talked about the Electoral College, the primaries and the basics of a political campaign in the United States.

PAO Visits Smart Teen!

March 31, teen participants in Smart Teen! Camp hosted by Global Ambassador and the Public Affairs Officer (PAO), Sarah Saperstein, discussed intercultural communication and the life of a diplomat.  During the presentation, they explored the many ways in which we communicate beyond just verbal ques by creating their own culture and set of communication tools.

Ambassador Tefft Congratulates Ms. Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award

Ambassador Tefft: “On behalf of the United States Embassy, I would like to extend my congratulations to Zhanna Nemtsova as one of the recipients of the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. This prestigious and important award recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality and

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Update to the Worldwide Caution

Following the issuance of the 03 March 2016 Worldwide Caution by the Department of State, the Embassy advises the American community to remain vigilant, as the risks of terrorism in Russia remains high.  A body of credible information indicates that terrorists are actively plotting attacks in Europe, which could include targets in Russia, particularly in Moscow. Targets of potential terrorist attacks include

IRC Vladivostok Holds Monthly Book Club Meeting

On March 12, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its monthly book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions foster a nuanced understanding of life in the United States and American culture and culture, as well as give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. At this month’s meeting, book club members discussed The Color of

Nina Alovert’s Photo Exhibit Opens in Birobidzhan

On March 10, Russian-American photographer Nina Alovert’s exhibit “The Gorgeous Features of My Dear Friends” opened at the Museum of Modern Arts in Birobidzhan, capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region. Alovert, a celebrated octogenarian photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, had premiered her Consulate-supported exhibit in Vladivostok

Spring American Football Camp in Yekaterinburg

March 8-13, 80 football enthusiasts from around the Urals, representing different teams and skill levels, traveled to Yekaterinburg to participate in intensive training and practice sessions lead by Mike Haynes, a former defensive player with the Chicago Bears and first round draft pick, and Billy Elmore, coach at West Memphis Arkansas high school and the 2007 State Farm 3A Football

Navajo Nation Delegation Visits Yakutsk

On March 4-9, a delegation of cultural representatives from the Navajo Nation participated in a cultural exchange visit in Yakutsk and took part in Yakutsk’s first “ethnic nomadic fashion show” entitled “Solar Deer.” The five member delegation represented various professions and backgrounds including an elementary school teacher and former Miss Navajo, a trick horseback riding coach, a traditional dwelling construction

“Norma Rae,” at IRC Vladivostok

On March 4, in honor of Women’s History Month, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “Norma Rae,” the late 70s Sally Field film about a factory worker from small town North Carolina who becomes involved in the labor union at the textile factory where she works. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Consular Chief Bernadette

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat ofterrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or

Ambassador Tefft Congratulates U.S.-Russian ISS Crew on Successful Completion of Mission

Ambassador Tefft: “I am thrilled to see that astronaut Scott Kelly and cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Sergey Volkov have safely returned to Earth this morning.  Kelly and Kornienko spent a year aboard the International Space Station, conducting cutting edge research and development enabling future human exploration. Over the last year, I have enjoyed their dispatches from above, including their amazing

28 Historic Documents to Return to Russia

The Return of 28 Historic Documents Repatriated to Russia The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Cultural Property, Art, and Antiquities Program (CPAA) will repatriate 28 documents of historical value to the Russian government in a ceremony on March 3, 2016. The documents consist of imperial decrees, military records, and architectural drawings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Nemtsov Memorial March

Municipal authorities have issued a permit for opposition political parties to hold a procession on the one-year anniversary of the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.  The procession is to take place in Moscow on Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 1300-1700 hours.  Up to 50,000 people are expected to participate in the march, which will start on Strastnoy Boulevard (approximately 100 meters

Remarks by Ambassador Tefft at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) – Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) Dialogue on the Future of U

Thank you for the kind introduction and for having me here today. When you have worked on U.S.-Russian relations as long as I have, you can appreciate the areas where we still cooperate despite the ups and downs in our relationship.  Cooperation on nuclear issues is one of these areas.  Our partnership is as vast as the field itself –

Roomple.ru Interviews PAO

Roomple.ru, an internet TV site, spoke with the Consulate’s PAO, Sarah Saperstein, about her experience in Yekaterinburg as a foreigner.  You can hear more about what Americans think of business lunch, a foreigner’s take on crossing a frozen river, and a story about a Yekaterinburg taxi driver and Venezuelan cat by watching the video on Roomple Facebook page.

“Soul Inscribed” Band Visits Vladivostok and Khabarovsk

On February 13-21, American hip-hop/soul fusion band Soul Inscribed visited Vladivostok and Khabarovsk as a part of the American Music Abroad program. In Vladivostok, the group wowed kids with a showcase and master class for 50 students of Art School #3, with youngsters jamming with the band and, along with their teachers and parents, learning about the many music styles

PAO Discusses Black History Month with Students

On February 19, the PAO  Sarah Saperstein spoke about Black History Month and diversity in the U.S. with students in Novouralsk as part of the Consulate’s Ask America program.  During the course of the activity, the students discussed the civil rights movement in the United States, famous African Americans, the purpose of history months in the United States and how

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Recurring Bomb Threats in Moscow

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow informs U.S. citizens of a recent increase in Moscow-area bomb threats. Media reports indicate that on the evening of February 18, 2016, twelve shopping centers and other locations in Moscow received telephonic bomb threats. Affected institutions included the GUM shopping complex adjacent to Red Square, and TSUM (the Central Department Store), located near the Bolshoy

Consulate Hosts Young Diplomats Day

On February 19, the Consulate hosted 11 university students from Izhevsk and Yekaterinburg as part of our Young Diplomats day program. Throughout the course of the day, the students met with U.S. diplomats, solved real-world problems diplomats face, conducted mock visa interviews, and learned about E-library USA resources.  In addition, the students learned about different diplomatic services around the world

Monthly Discussion Club Focuses on Black History Month

Monthly Discussion Club Focuses on Black History Month. On February 18, PAO Sarah Saperstein lead Post’s monthly English discussion club at Simple Coffee. In honor of Black History Month in the United States, participants of the club explored the history of the civil rights movement in the U.S. and the themes of diversity and tolerance.  Once a month, the Consulate

EducationUSA Hosts International Education Fair in Yekaterinburg

On February 15, EducationUSA hosted an international education fair for local students who were interested in educational opportunities in the U.S.  At the fair, students were able to meet with representatives of American universities to learn about application processes, exchange programs and financial aid packages.  In addition, attendees listened to presentations about how to apply for a student visa and

“The Help,” at IRC Vladivostok

On February 5, in part in recognition of Black History Month, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “The Help,” a glimpse into 1960s South and a story of a white woman capturing the stories of the African American domestic help from the maids’ perspective and publishing them in a book. The screening was followed by a discussion led

Nina Alovert’s Photo Exhibit Opens in Khabarovsk

On January 29, Nina Alovert’s exhibit, titled “The Gorgeous Features of My Dear Friends,” opened at the Far Eastern Museum of Arts in Khabarovsk. Nina Alovert, an internationally celebrated photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, had earlier opened her exhibit in Vladivostok, with the support of the

Selma Screening Draws a Crowd

On January 28, the Consulate, in partnership with Dom Pechati, screened Selma to the public for free.  Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement and its epic march from Selma, Alabama.  60 people attended the free screening and discussed the film afterwards with the PAO, Sarah Saperstein, in English.  This program

IRC Vladivostok Holds Monthly Book Club Meeting

On January 23, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its monthly book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions are planned to foster understanding and awareness of life in the United States and American culture, as well as to give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. At this month’s meeting book club members discussed The

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest Demonstrations in Yekaterinburg January 23 – 24, 2016

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg, Russia  U.S. citizens should be aware that Russian government authorities have granted permits for two separate demonstrations in Yekaterinburg on January 23 and 24, 2016.  Organizers from the National Liberation Movement (NOD) in Yekaterinburg claim that they will protest against an alleged “fifth column.”  Additional police presence is expected in and around the approved protest locations.

Filligar Visits Old New Rock Festival and the Urals!

Filligar, one of the leading Indie rock bands in the U.S., toured the Urals as U.S. Cultural Ambassadors January 11 – 18, 2016. They played as a headliner at the Old New Rock festival and offered free performances to enthusiastic Yekaterinburg crowds at the Yeltsin Center and Dom Pechati club. In addition, Filligar visited Alapayevsk, where they led a workshop

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” at IRC Vladivostok

On January 15, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” a captivating romantic comedy considered to be a classic of the genre. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed the plot, the main characters, the actors, the movie’s controversies, the racist portrayal of Japanese, etc.

American Christmas in Yekaterinburg

On December 27, the U.S. Consulate General presented American Christmas traditions to the people of Yekaterinburg at a street festival, called Christmas Trip, which was organized by Stol food magazine. U.S. Consul General Marcus Micheli greeted guests and the Consulate staff conducted a series of master classes for the public. Children and adults assembled bookmarks with LED lights, and learned

Secretary Kerry Visits Moscow to Discuss Syria, Ukraine

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry is in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Secretary Kerry looks forward to discussing ongoing efforts to achieve a political transition in Syria and related efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL.  The Secretary will also discuss Ukraine and stress the need for full implementation of Minsk commitments.‎

Company E wins more Russian Hearts

Washington-based and world renowned contemporary dance group Company E conducted its second educational and concert tour in Russia’s Urals region.  In their first week the dancers led workshops on contemporary dance technique for students of dance and choreography in the Liberal Arts University, Urals State Pedagogic University and Yekaterinburg Academy of Contemporary Arts.  They also conducted a seminar for Yekaterinburg

Consul General Micheli Visits Chelyabinsk

December 4, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to visit South Urals State University.  During the trip, he met with students who had graduated from a joint degree program between South Urals State University and Clark University in the United States.

Ambassador Statement on the Russian Government’s Decision to Designate the U.S.-Russia Foundation as a so-called “Undesirable” Foreign Organization

We are deeply troubled by the Russian Government’s decision to designate the U.S.-Russia Foundation as a so-called “undesirable” foreign organization. Presidents Bush and Putin jointly announced at the G-8 Summit on July 15, 2006 their intention to establish the foundation with the twin goal of promoting long-term economic development in Russia and strengthening ties between the United States and Russia.

Statement by Embassy Spokesperson William Stevens on Ruling in Jehovah’s Witnesses Case

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow expresses its deep regret about the November 30 court ruling in Taganrog that found several Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of extremism for organizing and attending religious meetings and for sharing their faith with others.  This was not the first time these Jehovah’s Witnesses were on trial.  The same Taganrog court found seven of them guilty in

DVC in Honor of World AIDS Day took Place in Yekaterinburg

As part of the Consulate’s World Aids Day outreach, December 2, 2015 a group of medical professionals from Yekaterinburg participated in an hour and a half long conversation via digital video conference (DVC) with Dr. Lamont Scales, Public Health Analyst, Office of Health Equity, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention,  National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention.  Dr. Scales presented

Ambassador John F. Tefft met with Partners in Health (PIH) Representative

Today, Ambassador John F. Tefft met with Harvard Professor Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder and chief strategist of Partners in Health (PIH), an American non-governmental organization that works to eradicate tuberculosis and other diseases around the world. PIH has worked in Russia to fight tuberculosis since 1998, and is currently working in Tomsk, Karelia and Voronezh with local health authorities. Ambassador

Worldwide Travel Alert: Possible Risks of Travel due to Increased Terrorist Threats

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats. Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.  This Travel

Nina Alovert’s Photo Exhibit in Vladivostok

In November 2015, Nina Alovert, celebrated octogenarian photographer and ballet critic, who was born in the Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States in 1977, presented Vladivostok with her photo exhibit called “The Gorgeous features of My Dear Friends,” opened at ARKA art gallery. On November 6, Nina gave a presentation at the Far Eastern Arts Academy to theater

Consul General Micheli Travels to Chelyabinsk

November 17-19, Consul General Micheli traveled to Chelyabinsk to support the Chelyabinsk Ecological Forum.  The Consulate is pleased to regularly support a range of programs, such as speakers programs and exchanges, that connect Russians and Americans and help us work together to protect our planet.

Show US! Documentary Film Program

On November 18th, Paul Lazarus, acclaimed film and TV director, well-known for his directorial work on such popular shows as Friends, Pretty Little Liars, and Beverly Hills 90210, presented his most recent documentary film “Slingshot” at the OKEAN movie theater in Vladivostok as a part of the Show US documentary film program. More than 100 people attended the free screening

XII Vladivostok International Jazz Festival

On November 10-16 the Primorskiy Philharmonic hosted the XII International Jazz Festival with the support of U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. For 6 days, musicians from the United States, Japan, France, Korea, Germany, and Russia wowed audiences on the Philharmonic’s main stage. American masters performed in three concerts as the Staple Quartet, the Freedom Jazz Movement Quartet, and singer Myrna Clayton,

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Continued Security Awareness

In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow reminds U.S. citizens in Russia to review the Worldwide Caution, which provides information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world, including Europe. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats,

Information Resource Officer Visits Vladivostok

During her November 9-11 visit to Vladivostok, Information Resource Officer (IRO) Magia Crause from U.S. Embassy Moscow visited the newly renovated Vladivostok city library #12 and gave a professional development presentation for city library staff. She talked about current trends in U.S. libraries, including the role of social media, comic book collections, “makerspaces,” etc. The audience asked a number of

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Planned Marches and Rallies throughout Russia

UNITED STATES EMBASSY MOSCOW, RUSSIA The U.S. Embassy in Moscow informs U.S. citizens that municipal authorities have issued two permits for a procession and demonstration on National Unity Day in Moscow on November 4, 2015.  Gatherings are also expected in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk, Perm, and Tyumen (details below).  Additional assemblies are possible and, as always, spontaneous

Fight Club, at IRC Vladivostok

On October 30, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the darkly comic cult drama “Fight Club.” The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed the social construct of identity, effects of social isolation, emasculation and the patriarchy, and a consumerist culture. This event was part of the monthly

Consul General visited Verkhnyaya Salda

On October 28, Consul General Micheli visited the town of Verkhnyaya Salda, Sverdlovsk Oblast, the home of the world’s leading titanium producer VSMPO – AVISMA. In Verkhnyaya Salda he toured the VSMPO plant and visited the successful Russian –American joint venture of VSMPO and the Boeing Corporation – Ural Boeing Manufacturing (UBM). UBM does the initial machining of VSMPO-produced titanium

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews at the U.S.-Russia Business Council Annual Meeting

Bruce Andrews: Thank you, Steve. As some of you may know, Steve is not only a former colleague of mine but also truly knowledgeable about international affairs. I want to begin by thanking the U.S.-Russia Business Council for inviting me to speak today. It is great to be here among so many good friends and respected colleagues. For the last

U.S. Sports Envoys Visited Tyumen

Coach of the U.S. National Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Team Trooper Johnson and coach of Miami Heat Wheels – the 2015 National Championship winner team, Parnes Cartwright spent a busy week in Tyumen, West Siberia, Russia October 20-25 as part of the Sports Diplomacy Program of the U.S. Department of State.  Johnson and Cartwright were invited as Honorary Guests to take

Consul General Micheli Travels to Perm

October 15, Consul General Micheli opened an exhibit dedicated to Sister Cities during World War II at the Museum of Fine Arts in Perm.  During the course of his visit to Perm, CG Micheli meet with members of the business community and government representatives.  He also toured the museum of contemporary art.

IRC Vladivostok Holds Its First Book Club Meeting

On October 3, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held its first book club meeting, led by PAO Erik Pugner. Book club discussions are planned to foster understanding and awareness of life in the United States and American culture, as well as to give participants an opportunity to exercise their English Language skills. IRC Vladivostok selected and purchased fifteen copies of six

“The Bridges of Madison County”, at IRC Vladivostok

On October 2, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “The Bridges of Madison County,” which tells the story of two people who find a promise of perfect personal happiness, and understand, with sadness and acceptance, that the most important things in life are not always about making yourself happy. The screening was preceded and followed by

The Headhunters in the Urals

September 22-28, the legendary jazz band the Headhunters toured the Urals.  They began their tour in Yekaterinburg and offered workshops to young students of music at the Kamerton Jazz Academy. They later participated in the first Inclusive Jazz Festival in Yekaterinburg at EverJazz that included collaboration with student bands. The proceeds of the festival will support organizations that advocate for

First Russian Far East American Football Championship

On September 26 Lokomotiv stadium in Khabarovsk hosted an historical event – the final of the first ever Far Eastern American Football Championship. In a series of games promoting this uniquely American sport, Russian-American partnerships and a healthy lifestyle were on display. The games were organized by the Khabarovsk American Football Federation and sponsored by U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. Vladivostok’s

Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Planned Opposition Protest on Sunday

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow informs U.S. citizens that prominent political opposition leader Aleksey Navalny plans to lead a protest rally on Sunday, September 20.  The protest could involve 40,000 participants at 1700 hours in the Maryino area of Moscow.  A large security presence is expected to be on site to monitor the demonstration. The last protest organized by supporters

U.S. Regrets Russian Government Decision to Close American Center in Moscow

Statement by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft The U.S. Embassy in Moscow deeply regrets the Russian government’s unilateral decision to close the Embassy’s American Center at M. Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature in Moscow.  The Library recently terminated the formal agreement for Embassy support of the Center, informed us of its intention to replace the American Director of

Ambassador Daniel B. Baer Responds to the Russian Federation Regarding U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual

As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna Unfortunately, it was only this morning that the Russian delegation told us that it intended to raise concerns with the U.S. Department of Defense Law of War Manual. We received a copy of their statement as the Permanent Council began, so I’d like to reserve the right to

Stand by Me, at IRC Vladivostok

On September 4th, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Stand by Me,” a 1986 American coming of age drama adventure film. The movie depicts the painful process of maturation that has plagued both teens and preteens for ages. The screening was followed by a discussion, led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, during which participants discussed

Consul General Thomas Leary took part in the Unveiling of a Monument to the Arctic Convoys of World War II in Arkhangelsk

US Consul General Thomas M. Leary took part in the unveiling of a monument to the Arctic Convoys of World War II which took place in Arkhangelsk on August 31, 2015, marking the date of the arrival of the first convoy, named “Dervish.” During wartime, 76 polar convoys consisting of more than 1480 vessels made the treacherous voyage to and

Woven Together: The Works of Contemporary Native American Artists in Surgut

On September 3, Woven Together:  Celebrating Spider Woman in Contemporary Native American Art opened at the Surgut Regional Studies Museum. Suzanne Newman Fricke, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor at the Art History Department at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, who curated the exhibit, explained, “grandmother Spider Woman, in many Southwestern cultures, wove the world into being, creating the Earth and the stars and the planets and bringing order the

Hanni El Khatib at V-ROX 2015

From August 27 to 31, American singer-songwriter and rocker Hanni El Khatib and his band headlined the annual V-ROX music festival in Vladivostok. One of Russia’s top music festivals, V-ROX gathered 300 musicians from all over the world on multiple stages and attracted thousands of spectators from Vladivostok and the Russian Far East. Hanni’s headlining concert was hailed by the

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney’s Trip to Moscow

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria Michael Ratney visited Moscow today, August 28, for consultations with Russian officials on the ongoing conflict in Syria. These meetings in Moscow are part of consultations Ratney is conducting to follow up on Secretary Kerry’s recent discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Doha and Kuala Lumpur, as well as ongoing efforts to support the

End of WWII 70th Anniversary Conference Held in Vladivostok

On August 25th, Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen took part in the opening of a 2-day conference on the topic of the end of the World War II that was organized in Vladivostok by the Institute of history, archeology and ethnography of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. American, Japanese and Chinese diplomats took part in the

Triumph and Tragedy Exhibition opened in Chelyabinsk

On August 12, the photo exhibition Triumph and Tragedy opened at the Chelyabinsk Regional Studies Museum, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II.  The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be

Traditional American Music in Traditional Russian North Setting

On July 15 – 20, the Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience group from New Orleans introduced the Russian public to the music of zydeco. Zydeco combines the charm of French folk music and vigorous rhythms of the African, Caribbean and Creole melodies. The leading musical instruments used for performances are accordion and… washboard. Two times “Grammy” award winners performed

Sleepless in Seattle, at IRC Vladivostok

On August 7, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Sleepless in Seattle,” considered by many an ideal romantic comedy.  The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner during which participants discussed romantic comedy tropes and compared them to the ones used in this particular movie, the origin of the title,

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take

U.S. Coach Promotes Baseball and Healthy Life Style in Primorskiy Kray

Nick Cappuccilli, a baseball coach from California, spent ten days in Primorskiy Kray conducting clinics for junior baseball teams and performing outreach events promoting the sport along with a healthy life style. Consulate General Vladivostok worked with the Baseball Federations of Primorskiy Kray and Vladivostok as well as municipal administrations and regional youth organizations to carry out this program. Nick

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: August 2 Paratrooper’s Day (July 28, 2015)

Sunday, August 2, 2015, marks the 85th anniversary of Paratroopers’ Day in Russia.  The event will be celebrated in Moscow and throughout the country.  Current and former paratroopers will wear their uniforms (light blue berets and light blue and white striped shirts), sing patriotic songs, and toast their organization and its legacy. In Moscow, the holiday will be marked with a ceremony at Poklonnaya Gora in

Louisiana Zydeco Adds Sunshine to Siberian Sky

Two time Grammy-award winners Terrance Simien and Zydeco Experience brought a flavor of a genuine Creole culture to Tyumen and Tobolsk during their visit July 23-25.  In Tyumen, the band performed for tourists with disabilities at the annualRobinzonada Disability Hiking Festival near Krivodanovo village, excited the guests of the Tyumen City Day celebration at the city multicultural project Arbat Sodruzhestvo,

Remarks by Ambassador Tefft at the Roscosmos Commemorative Event in Honor of the United States-Russia 40th Anniversary of Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

General Stafford, General Leonov, Mr. Komarov, esteemed colleagues, good afternoon! I am honored to be invited to the celebration of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project’s 40th anniversary, here at the wonderful Museum of Cosmonautics. It has been a great pleasure for me to visit the museum and to view its impressive exhibits representing the history of both the Russian space program

Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the Launch of the Bravo 369 Program

Добрый день! I want to start by thanking Mikhail Gusman for the warm invitation to participate in this event today. I also want to thank the organizers of this initiative and the museums that are participating. The Alaska-Siberia air route is an historic example of how Russians and Americans can work together. During World War II and many times before

U.S. Consulate Celebrates the Independence Day

On July, 1st the U.S. Consulate General celebrated the Independence Day. Acting Consul General Courtney Nemroff delivered a welcome speech: “Welcome to the Consul General’s Residence and our annual Independence Day reception!  Happy 4th of July! Americans all around the world gather this time of year to celebrate our nation’s birth and recall the sacrifices of so many Americans for

American Graffiti, at IRC Vladivostok

On July 2, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “American Graffiti,” a 1973 American coming of age comedy-drama film directed and co-written by a pre-Star Wars George Lucas. The screening was bookended by discussions led by Public Affairs Officer Erik Pugner, covering Lucas’ nostalgia for the early 60s following the societal ruptures during the Vietnam war,

Independence Day Celebration Highlights People-to-People Ties

July 4, 2015 marked the 239 anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. On this day, Americans celebrate the principles on which our nation was founded. As our founding fathers famously remarked in 1776, “We hold this truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among

Navajo Cultural Representatives Share in Yakutsk’s Summer Solstice Festival

June 26–28, Linda Davis and Kansas Begaye, cultural representatives of the Navajo nation, visited Yakutsk to take part in Ysiakh Tuymaada, the traditional Yakut solstice festival. 150,000 visitors from all over the Republic of Yakutia gathered on the sacred grounds of Us Khatin to celebrate the rebirth of nature. The celebration included horse races, traditional wrestling, singing, dancing, and Yakut

Young Diplomats Day at the Youth Forum in Tyumen

As part of the International Platform of the UTRO Youth Forum, a large annual forum that gathers 1500 students from across the Urals region, Consulate Staff lead a Young Diplomats Day workshop. During the workshop, 25 motivated university students spoke with American diplomats about life in the foreign service, the various sections of the U.S. Consulate and diplomacy. In addition, the Public

Technical Problems with Visas Resolved

Systems issues that have affected the Department of State’s ability to issue visas have been resolved.  Yesterday, nearly 1,800 visas were printed at Embassy Moscow and scheduled for delivery.  In addition, all mail-in applications received since June 9 have been adjudicated.  Future in-person applicants can schedule appointments as normal at http://ustraveldocs.com/.

American Artist Exhibits Indigenous Photography Project

June 5-25, American photographer Anna Reich took part in an art residency program at the ZARYA Contemporary Art Center, Vladivostok, supported in a partnership with the U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok. During her three weeks at ZARYA, Anna worked on a project dedicated to the role that colonialism plays in the identity and culture of the indigenous Udege people of Primorskiy

Consul General visits Udmurtia

On June 11-12 Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited the Udmurt Republic.  In Udmurtia he met with representatives of the Udmurt Republic’s government and the Izhevsk Municipal Administration, and discussed educational and exchange programs with the leadership of Udmurt State University.  The Consul General also visited regional museums, including Kalashnikovs’ Museum, the Tchaikovsky Estate-Museum, the National Museum of Udmurtia

Ambassador Tefft Strengthens People-to-People Ties in St. Petersburg

U.S. Consulate St. Petersburg welcomed Ambassador Tefft during a productive three-day visit to St. Petersburg, the Cultural Capital of Russia, on June 11, building on his first visit to St. Petersburg in December, when he helped celebrate the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum. During this visit, Ambassador Tefft participated in a wide range of meetings and activities that

Navajo Artist Nani Chacon creates a Mural in Udmurt Capital City Izhevsk

A prominent native artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico Nanibah Chacon has created a mural on the wall of the Municipal Arts Gallery on Izhevsk’s central square. The artwork was finished and unveiled on Izhevsk City Day which coincided with the Day of Russia and the Udmurt ethnic holiday Gerber. The mural was appreciated by and received an overwhelmingly positive response

Global Technical Problems with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing global technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category, but does impact applicants in Russia. U.S. passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015 are affected by this delay. Passport applicants with an urgent

Round Table “Modern Models of Support for HIV-Positive Children”

On June 9, U.S. Consulate Yekaterinburg representatives attended a Round Table “Modern models of support for HIV-positive children” in Yekaterinburg.  The round table was organized on the basis of a one year Russian-American cooperation project “ASSET” (Advanced Support Services, Education, and Treatment) run  by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) from the United States and the Novoye Vryemya NGO

Sports Envoys come to Omsk

On June 3 – 6 internationally renowned American flying disc golf champions Nathan Doss and Valarie Jenkins visited Omsk. They held several disc golf clinics for the local community, PT coaches, and kids, held workshops for children with disabilities at two Omsk orphanages and finished their program with an inclusive disc golf fest at Omsk’s “Rassvet” rehabilitation center.    

A Beautiful Mind, at IRC Vladivostok

On June 5, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, a 2001 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics, who died in a car accident in May 2015. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen during which participants

U.S. Film Director Screened a Film at the Environmental Film Festival

A U.S. film director Suzan Beraza recently screened her “Bag it: is your life too plastic” movie at the Environmental Film Festival in Khanty-Mansiysk. The audience ranging from university to elementary school students applauded the film maker and her documentary exposing the effects of plastic bags and other plastic consumer goods on the environment, wild life and human beings. The film’s message of

The Consul General Visited Omsk

The Consul General on June 4 visited Omsk, where he supported a visit of U.S. disc golfers and opened the 2nd Annual Omsk Public Arts Festival. The Consul General visited a workshop for schoolchildren conducted by Valarie Jenkins and Nate Doss, world champions of disc golf and Sports Envoys to Russia. The Consul General also joined a walking tour for the

Sweet and Healthy Food at a Master Class for Children

On May 31, Marcus Lamb and Sarah Saperstein offered a workshop on cookie decorating to celebrate the International Day of the Child. In Mayakovsky Park, they offered children the chance to decorate sugar cookies using traditional American buttercream icing. The icing is a home-made recipe from North Carolina, Marcus’ home state. In addition, children made fruit sticks, a snack that American children

Videoconference with American Entrepreneur Terry Jones

On May 19, the Ural Chamber of Commerce, with the cooperation of the U.S. Consulate General, hosted a videoconference with American entrepreneur Terry Jones.  In his career, Mr. Jones was involved in the startup of ten different companies, including founding a three billion dollar company, Travelocity.com, and co-founding Kayak.com, which is now part of a fifty billion dollar travel conglomerate.

Choral Music Brining Inspiration

May 13-16 American choir director Brian Winnie visited Yekaterinburg and conducted workshops with choirs from local schools and universities.  The workshops were part of the Choral Music Conference arranged by Arts School 11 and Yekaterinburg Department of Culture.  Students of Sviridov School of Arts #14, Rakhmaninov Music School #7, Youth Arts School #11, Urals State Economic University, Urals State Federal

Consul General visits Irbit

On May 14 Consul General Van Maerssen visited Irbit District.    Irbit District is well known as a cultural and agricultural center. The Consul General met with Irbit City and Irbit Municipal District authorities with whom he discussed opportunities for economic and cultural cooperation. He also visited several area museums, including the museum of the twice awarded Hero of the

U.S. Expert Shares Filmmaking Wisdom via Skype

On May 14, the U.S. Consulate General and Vladivostok Youth Lecture Series Luch-5 held a Skype presentation with multi-award winning U.S. documentary producer Jon Alpert. The event attracted over 20 young people searching for professional guidance on modern documentary filmmaking. Alpert’s tales of creating films covering important social issues, plus his practical filmmaking tips, were warmly and enthusiastically received: the

World Without War is Diverse and Beautiful

Over 200 students from 19 Art Schools of Yekaterinburg and Sverdlovsk oblast took part in the International Contest of Youth ArtWorld Without War devoted to the 70th Anniversary of the Meeting on Elbe. In partnership with the United States Consulate General in Yekaterinburg the contest and final exhibit was organized by ShlemGraphic Arts Fund, Union of Art Teachers and Yekaterinburg Gallery

Rock-N-Roll as a Tool of Multicultural Communication

On May 6 Rock Brynner, historian and son of Vladivostok-born Hollywood actor Yul Brynner, gave a presentation highlighting the impact of rock-n-roll on social and intercultural communication amongst different races and nations. The event, jointly organized by U.S. Consulate and the Vladivostok University of Economics and Services , attracted considerable attention. The 25-30 person hall of VGUES’s museum couldn’t contain

The Breakfast Club, at IRC Vladivostok

On April 29, Information Resource Center Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “The Breakfast Club” that encapsulates adolescence in the ’80s in the most iconic detention session of all time. Five high school students, all different stereotypes (a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess or a criminal), meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to

Triumph and Tragedy Photo Exhibit is on Display at Kosmos Cinema Theater until May 28th

On April 27, Triumph and Tragedyopened at Kosmos, commemorating the shared history and victory of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United States and other Allies in World War II.  The images remind us of the human element in war and of the atrocities of World War II that should never be repeated.  Photos about D-Day, the Battle on Britain,

Inspiring through Dance – REVolutions Dance visits the Urals

Dwayne Scheuneman and REVolutions Dance, an inclusive dance company that comprises one wheelchair dancer and three dancers without disabilities, visited the Urals April 21-29, promoting diversity in the arts. They offered workshops for Russian youth and adults in Yekaterinburg and Perm, challenging children and adults of all abilities to be creative together. In Yekaterinburg the U.S. dancers participated in the

Remarks by Ambassador John F. Tefft at the Carnegie Conference on World War II

I’d like to thank the Carnegie Moscow Center and Dmitri Trenin for inviting me here today to help open this important conference. For many years, Carnegie has helped our two countries better understand each other. Today, more than ever, better understanding remains a crucial goal. This week, as you all know, marks the 70th anniversary of the historic meeting of

Henhouse Prowlers Steal Hearts of Urals Music Fans

“The level of cohesion and harmony in your music is beyond comprehension… Simply amazing!”, “Fantastic performance!”, “Wish you played more” – these are only a few remarks of the overwhelmingly  enthusiastic reception of the Chicago-based bluegrass quartet Henhouse Prowlers’ music by Russian audiences.  From April 8-21, The Henhouse Prowlers toured the Urals in Russia at the invitation of the U.S.

Statement by Marie Harf, Acting Spokesperson

Combined Russian-separatist forces continue to violate the terms of the “Minsk 2” agreement signed in mid-February. Combined Russian-separatist forces maintain a sizable number of artillery pieces and multiple rocket launchers within areas prohibited under the Minsk accords. The Russian military has deployed additional air defense systems into eastern Ukraine and moved several of these nearer the front lines.  This is

Ambassador Tefft Visited Yekaterinburg

In his visit to Yekaterinburg on April 13 – 15, U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft re-affirmed his commitment to supporting people-to-people, cultural, educational and business ties with Russia. He also laid a wreath at the World War II memorial in Dendro Park to honor the region’s soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the Great Patriotic War. Ambassador Tefft said he

Consul General visits Salekhard

The Consul General trekked to Salekhard, which is positioned precisely on the Arctic Circle within Russia’s Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug (YaNAO), on April 3-4, 2015. Various officials from YaNAO’s regional government, as well as from Salekhard and Priuralsky District’s municipal administrations, discussed opportunities of cultural and educational exchange programs.  In meetings with representatives of cultural establishments and public organizations, he also

Chris Merrill visited Yekaterinburg

Chris Merrill – an author, poet and translator, Founder and Director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa  visited Yekaterinburg on March 30-31. He met with the members of the Yekaterinburg division of the Russian Writers Union and young playwrights – pupils of Nikolay Kolyada. He also made a presentation on using creative writing exercises for Yekaterinburg

“Amistad”, at IRC Vladivostok

On April 3, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Amistad” that illustrates the horrors of the slave trade, using the historical Amistad slave rebellion to examine the divisive nature of the slavery issue in the United States in the early 19th century. The film examines the tolerance of slavery by many Northerners as well as the power of

Russian-American Duo Tours Russian Far East

On March 22-28, Jerry Chae (Clarinet – USA) and Andrey Vinichenko (Piano – Russia) performed a classical concert tour throughout the Russian Far East. An enthusiastic Russian public warmly welcomed the musicians in Khabarovsk, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, and Vladivostok, the latter of which hosted the duo as part of the Philharmonic’s classic music festival “Far Eastern Spring.” This tour of musical diplomacy

American Conductor Performs with Pacific Symphonic Orchestra in Vladivostok

March 28 to April 1, American conductor and pianist Peter Freisinger rehearsed and performed with the Pacific Symphonic Orchestra in Vladivostok as part of the Primorskiy Philharmonic’s annual classic music festival “Far Eastern Spring.” Enthusiastic, broad media coverage of the festival described his concert as a “highlight” of the program, and Freisinger’s efforts were covered in a feature television piece

MOOC on Academic Writing with Melissa Hauke

English Language Fellow Melissa Hauke led two groups of interested citizens from Yekaterinburg and PhD students of Urals Federal University through the 5 week Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on Academic Writing offered by UC Berkley in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.  The course participants learnt about vocabulary development; tone & diction; common errors in writing; editing and

Consul General visits Orenburg

The Consul General visited Orenburg on March 18-19 to take part in the special events devoted to the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Orenburg Oblast Museum of Fine Arts.  The Consulate has partnered with the museum  in a number of cultural projects.  In 2014, the Consulate presented  a photo exhibition of the American-Italian photographer Frank Dituri.  More joint

PAO and State Department Speaker Visit Yakutia

On March 23, Dr. Gordon Bronitsky presented on ethnic media and ethnic journalism at the North-Eastern Federal University Department of Journalism in Yakutsk, sharing for three hours his experience of working with the indigenous peoples of North America. During the lecture, students asked questions related to ethnic media of Native Americans and the history of relations between the indigenous peoples

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Planned March and Demonstration in Yekaterinburg

U.S. citizens should be aware that Yekaterinburg city authorities have issued a permit for a demonstration to recognize the one-year anniversary of  Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.  Beginning at or near 1700 on March 18, 2015, more than 1,000 participants may assemble at the location known as “Ploshad Truda,” or “Labor Square.”  This small park is located to the

English Language Contest Held in Artyom

On March 11-13, PAO Erik Pugner and the U.S. Consul General’s spouse Ann Waugh participated in the annual English Language Olympiad in Artyom, where more than 600 secondary school students from the Primorye region competed in events testing their knowledge of the English language and American history and literature. Erik Pugner made welcoming remarks to hundreds of students, and Ann

“Thelma & Louise”, at IRC Vladivostok

On March 6, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Thelma & Louise” (1991), a now- classic outlaw road movie that deals with female oppression at the hands of men and the women protagonists’ struggle — at great cost — for respect, independence, and free will. The screening was followed by a discussion led by Public Affairs Officer Erik

Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Yakutia

On March 4-6, Deputy Chief of Mission Lynne Tracy made her first visit to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia). She was accompanied by Erik Holm-Olsen, U.S. Consul General in Vladivostok. In addition to meeting with officials from the Ministry of Federal Relations and External Affairs of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Ms. Tracy visited and met with the staff of the

DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk

On March 1-2 DCM Lynne Tracy visited Chelyabinsk to introduce an American Rock and Roll band “The Spyrals” at the III International Music Festival “Spring Beat”.  In the course of the visit, Ms. Tracy met with the Chelyabinsk Oblast Minister of Culture Alexey Betekhtin, the Director of Chelyabinsk State Regional Studies Museum Vladimir Bogdanovskiy and the Ombudsman for Human Rights

South Urals Rock-n-Roll Festival Hails The Spyrals

Thanks to the State Department’s cultural exchange program, San-Francisco based rock-n-roll band The Spyrals headlined the International Music Festival – Spring Beat – that took place in Chelyabinsk, Russia February 28 – March 1, 2015.  More than ten bands participated and more than 2,000 rock-n-rollers of all ages attended the shows.  Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Lynn Tracy  from the

Consul General Visits Kamchatka

Vladivostok Consul General Erik Holm-Olsen made his first visit to Kamchatka, February 26 to March 2. In addition to courtesy calls with local officials, he met with members of two Rotary Clubs, the director of World Wildlife Fund’s Kamchatka office, and visited the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Over the weekend, the Consul General attended two dog-sled sprints associated with

Statement by Ambassador Tefft on the Murder of Boris Nemtsov

All of us at the American Embassy and the many American Foreign Service Officers who knew Boris Nemtsov mourn his tragic death today. As governor of Nizhniy Novogorod, Deputy Prime Minister or as a leader of the political opposition, Boris Nemtsov stood for the best in Russia and ably represented the Russian people. We join our President and Secretary of State

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Political Protests in Russia (February 28, 2015)

The United States Embassy in Moscow alerts U.S. citizens to the February 28 murder of prominent political opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and advises U.S. citizens that public reaction to the murder has the potential to include public demonstrations, either organized or spontaneous.  Such demonstrations can be unpredictable and can include the potential for violence.  U.S. citizens are advised to avoid

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Political Protests in Moscow on March 1, 2015

Embassy Moscow informs U.S. citizens that various political parties plan to hold a large march under the banner of “Vesna” (Spring) on Sunday, March 1, 2015, at 2:00 pm in the Marino area of southeast Moscow.  The march will take place in proximity to the Bratislavskaya Metro Station (м. Братиславская) near the end of the Green Line, approximately 20 kilometers

Smithsonian Expert Conducts Workshops in Vladivostok

On February 19-20, Stephanie Norby, Director of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, visited Vladivostok and gave 5 presentations for high school students, teachers, museum personnel, and general public. She talked about the history of the Smithsonian Institution, its structure and online educational resources for students and teachers. Workshop attendees participated in hands-on activities working in groups and

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Anti-Maidan Demonstrations in Moscow Center

Embassy Moscow informs U.S. citizens that Russian government authorities will permit a demonstration to take place Saturday, February 21 at 12:00pm in Revolution Square (Площадь Революции).  The protest site is located near Red Square and the Bolshoi Theater. The pro-government “Anti-Maidan” movement is organizing the demonstration to mark the one-year anniversary of events related to the protests in Kyiv’s Maidan

Sports and Friendship: Top WNBA Players lead a Master-class for Russian Students

On February 12, as part of the Consulate’s Sports and Friendship program and UGMK’s outreach program, American basketball superstars Candace Parker Williams, Diana Taurasi, Kristi Toliver and Deanna Nolan and American coaches Todd Troxel and Jenny Moshak visited School 99.  They challenged students in a series of athletic drills, gave tips on the technique to a perfect layup, and lead

“Blade Runner”, at IRC Vladivostok

On February 6, IRC Vladivostok held a screening of the movie “Blade Runner”; a haunting mixture of science fiction and film noir. The film raises intriguing questions such as “what is life,” “what does it mean to be human,” and if our ever-increasing dependency on technology is necessarily a good thing. The screening was followed by a discussion led by

Jen Psaki Answers Questions about President Obama’s Interview on CNN

QUESTION: Russian media reports are interpreting comments that Obama made in an interview over the weekend as an indication that the U.S. might have been involved in some kind of effort to overthrow the – that led to the overthrow of the previous government. The quote that they’re focusing on is Obama saying, “after we had brokered a deal to transition

Local Football Players Join Consulate Staff for Super Bowl

On February 2, eighteen players of the Wild Pandas, Vladivostok’s American football team, led by U.S. coach and NCAA star Bobby Rome, came to the Consulate for a live Super Bowl party. The event was indeed a spectacular one: participants had a chance to enjoy the 9:30 AM local time kick off of the premier sporting event of the year.

President Obama’s Interview with Fareed Zakaria of CNN

(Excerpt – on Ukraine Situation) FAREED ZAKARIA: Would it be fair to say that with regard to Russia, your policy has been pretty effective in imposing real costs on the Russian economy, but it has not deterred Vladimir Putin from creating instability in Ukraine. Conflict seems to have even escalated in the last few weeks. PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think that’s

President Obama on Ukraine and Russia. Excerpts from Press-Conference in New Delhi, India

Q: <…> On Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels are again launching new offenses. How at this point can you justify not taking a different approach, given that the Minsk Agreement has all but failed, and sanctions may have had an impact on the Russian economy but they don’t appear to be changing Russia’s calculus when it comes to Ukraine? <…> PRESIDENT OBAMA:

State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf on Ongoing Violations of the Minsk Agreements in Eastern Ukraine

“We condemn continued attacks by separatists as they attempt to control additional territory in violation of the Minsk agreements. Today’s vicious and repeated attacks on the Donetsk Airport and the shelling of a bus that killed 10 people and wounded 13 are just the latest egregious violations of the commitments made by the Russia-backed separatists. We again call on Russia

Worldwide Caution: January 10, 2015

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high level of vigilance and take

U.S. Consul General visits Perm

Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited Perm to present the American repertory company, film-making group and educational organization, Company E.  Following master-classes with students of dance in Perm, Company E performed on December 5 to demonstrate the artistic excellence that graces the Washington DC dance scene.  The Consul General also met with the Deputy President of the Perm Chamber

Visit to Ural Humanitarian University

On December 9, the Consul General visited the Ural Humanitarian University to deliver a lecture on the common law approach of jurisprudence (the theory of law) in the United States. He outlined the basic foundation of the United States legal system, including the reliance on judicial precedent, with the Law Faculty students, shared his personal experiences of practicing law in

Ambassador Tefft Visits St. Petersburg, Helps Celebrate 250th Anniversary of State Hermitage

Ambassador Tefft paid his first visit to St. Petersburg on December 7 and 8. On Sunday, December 7, he joined State Hermitage Director Dr. Mikhail Piotrovsky and hundreds of guests for a beautiful evening event held to celebrate the institution’s 250th anniversary. Earlier that day, Ambassador Tefft attended the opening of various exhibits at the State Hermitage, including a collection

Opening Remarks by Douglas Kramer Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs U.S. Embassy Moscow

Opening Remarks by Douglas Kramer Minister-Counselor for Economic Affairs U.S. Embassy Moscow at the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament (November 20, 2014) I am very pleased to be here today at the opening of the Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tournament. The tournament takes place during a worldwide event: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week started in 2008, with host

Magia Krause brings world’s first 3D printing pen to Yekaterinburg

World’s first 3D printing pen came to Yekaterinburg recently. Magia Krause, Information Resource Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, visited Yekaterinburg last week to hold a series of workshops on 3D-modeling and LED bracelets. During her workshops, she also discussed the maker movement and “fab labs” – workshops that provide a space for inventors of all ages to create

Ambassador Tefft Presents Credentials to President Putin

Statement by U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft Moscow, November 19, 2014 It was a privilege to present my credentials today to President Putin as the new U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation.  I joined 14 other ambassadors in the Kremlin’s beautiful Alexander Hall.  As a U.S. diplomat for more than four decades, I am committed to maintaining open and frank

Important Notice from U.S. Embassy Consular Section

ATTENTION: U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide are currently experiencing technical difficulties that may result in delay in visa processing and receiving and sending communications. While the Consular Section in Moscow continues to operate normally, it is unable to process credit card payments at this time. Additionally, applicants who have interviews for student and exchange visitor (F/M/J) visas scheduled for this

Young Diplomats Day

On October 3, the U.S. Consulate invited ten high school students from Yekaterinburg, Chelyabinsk and Lesnoy to spend the day learning about diplomacy. The students toured the consulate, learned the inner workings of the Consular Section, tried their hand at designing a cultural program, and had lunch with Consulate staff. The program, conducted mostly in English, is an excellent opportunity

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Demonstrations in Yekaterinburg for September, 21, 2014

Media reports indicate that “March for Peace” demonstrations may be planned to take place in the center of Yekaterinburg on Sunday, September 21.  There have also been reports of the possibility of “Anti-March” counter demonstrations in the same area.  According to the reports, the marches did not receive approval from local authorities, but marchers may assemble at 3:30 pm at

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: New Information on Demonstration in Yekaterinburg

Russian government authorities have granted a permit for a demonstration to take place near the center of Yekaterinburg on September 21st, 2014. Russian civil society activists are organizing a “Peace March” to oppose the conflict in eastern Ukraine.  Participants will gather at 15:45 at Ploshad Oboroniy. As authorized, the demonstration meeting is to be stationary and no march has been

Amy Ballard visits Yekaterinburg

Amy Ballard, a senior specialist for historic preservation at the Smithsonian Institute, visited Yekaterinburg this past weekend.  During her visit, Ms. Ballard spoke with enthusiastic university students in Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Yekaterinburg about the Smithsonian and about similarities between Russian and American architecture.  On Monday, Ms. Ballard and her colleague, Sally Yerkovich, conducted a workshop on a number of topics,

Discover America in Yekaterinburg!

The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg is pleased to announce the “Discover America in Yekaterinburg!” City Quest.  The contest will take place on October 18, 2014, at 14:00 and is open to interested high school students (10 and 11 grades). Students may participate in the competition in teams of three.  To enter, please submit your team name and slogan, a funny

VisitUSA RoadShow in Yekaterinburg

The VisitUSA RoadShow, a public event about traveling to the U.S., took place at the Ural Economics University on September 15th.  The Consul General and representatives from the Foreign Commercial Service and Consular Section gave presentations on tourism in the U.S. and how to obtain a visa to travel to the U.S.   They also answered questions from the roughly

Consul General visits Agroindustrial firm “Artyomovskiy”

The Consul General visited Artyomovsky district of Sverdlovsk oblast to further mutual understanding in Russia’s rural communities.  During his visit, he was shown various sites, including an agro-business, “Artyomovskiy,” which is involved in poultry, cattle and crops.  He also visited Pokrov Cathedral. Pictured here is his visit to a school in Artyomovsky, where he explored possible cooperation in English-language educational

Diplomacy Day at Camp: U.S. Consulate Staff Conduct Workshop on What It Takes to be a Diplomat

Twenty-five students at English Drive Summer Camp learned what it takes to be a diplomat on Monday, when the Public Affairs Officer and staff from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg visited.  The students participated in role plays, in which they reacted to common situations faced by consular, management, political and public diplomacy officers.  In addition, the students took a mock

Jeopardy! At Hilton Summer Camp

Approximately 120 campers at Hilton Summer Camp partook in “Jeopardy,” a popular American quiz game, with the Public Affairs Officer (PAO) from the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg.  On August 11, summer campers competed against each other and tested their knowledge of U.S. geography, society, schools and history.

“As We See It” Opens at the Yekaterinburg Fine Arts Museum

“As We See It,” a photography exhibit by Native American artists about modern Native American life in the United States, opened at the Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts on August 8.  The U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg was delighted to be able to sponsor the exhibition, which depicts modern triumphs and struggles in the Native American community as seen through the

Omsk City Day Celebration

On August 2-3 the Consul General participated in Omsk’s City Day Celebration. The Consul General attended a variety of cultural events, including participation in a traditional tree planting ceremony. In his congratulatory remarks to Omsk City Mayor, Vyacheslav Dvorakovsky, the Consul General noted Omsk’s positive socio-economic dynamics, conveyed appreciation for the continuous support of the U.S. Consulate’s cultural initiatives in

Consul General visited American Manufacturing Firms in Chelyabinsk Oblast

On July 15, Consul General Otto Hans Van Maerssen visited American manufacturing firms in Chelyabinsk oblast.  Emerson-Metran is a leading manufacturer of technical equipment for the oil & gas sector and other industries. The company provides customers with 24/7 support through its Eurasia Customer Support unit.  Carbo Ceramics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of environmentally friendly ceramic proppant.

Iftar in Yekaterinburg

Continuing a tradition of many of his predecessors, the Consul General hosted an Iftar meal last night at his residence during this month of Ramadan. Representatives of the Muslim faith attended, shared in a halal meal, and engaged in a friendly exchange about customs and traditions in the Muslim world, including in the USA. The Consulate showed some short films

Perm and Louisville, KY Continue Academic Exchanges

Cooperation between the Perm State National Research University (PSNRU) and the University of Louisville is growing.  As part of that cooperation, three American students studied the Russian language from February to June 2014.  The students resided on the university campus, attended Russian classes daily, and explored the city and life in Russia during their free time. All of them commented

Meeting with the Metropolitan

The Consul General met with the Metropolitan of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, His Holiness Kirill, to discuss benevolent activities and religious issues.  His Holiness Kirill also outlined the religious history of Yekaterinburg, and offered a visit of the last Russian Tsar’s Saint Family Museum.  

Independence Day

On the 4th of July, the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg gathered friends and partners to celebrateAmerica’s Independence Day. This jubilee, the 20th Independence Day celebrated in the Urals and the 238th in American history, featured an official speech by the Consul General, a cake cutting ceremony and, of course, American music.  Classic swing, Latin, rock and jazz tunes, masterfully

Independence Day Present

In expectation of the upcoming American Independence Day celebration, employees at the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg share a delicious cake, prepared and donated by our next-door neighbor, the Novotel.

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