Message to U.S. Citizens – Closure of U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg

Event: Due to the Russian government’s ordered closure of the U.S. Consulate General, effective March 31, we are no longer able to provide services to U.S. citizens in St. Petersburg.  The U.S. Embassy in Moscow and the U.S.  Consulates General in Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok remain open. Actions to Take: Residents of St. Petersburg’s consular district ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: American Citizen Services Unit New Address

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia, moved to a new location. New address : 8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok, 121099, Moscow, Russia Please note new Security Regulations: Applicants are not permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy/Consulate while carrying any of the following items: Electronic devices: cellular phones, photo cameras, video cameras, laptop computers, tablets ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Explosion at Shopping Center in St. Petersburg

Media reports an explosion at a grocery store on Kondratyevskiy Prospekt in the Kalininsky District in St. Petersburg.  U.S. citizens should avoid the area. We ask U.S. citizens who are safe and unharmed to contact family and friends directly to advise them of your safety and whereabouts.  For your safety, avoid any police activity and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threats At Three Moscow Airports

According to press reports, bomb threats have been reported at three Moscow airports: Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo, and Zhukovsky. There threats have led to evacuations at these locations. Please be advised that anyone planning to use these airports today (Friday October 6, 2017) could experience travel delays and increased police presence. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations In Russia On October 7, 2017

Russian political activists have called for demonstrations in cities throughout Russia on October 7.  In Saint Petersburg and Moscow, local authorities have declined to approve any proposed demonstrations.  The United States Mission in Russia strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations.  Mass arrests of bystanders have occurred at past demonstrations. U.S. citizens are reminded ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Notice Regarding Social Security Services

Embassy Moscow Message to U.S. Citizens:  NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES   September 29, 2017 The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Russia who require ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threats Throughout Russia on September 14, 2017

According to press reports, there have been a number of bomb threats against shopping and business centers in Saint Petersburg today (to include Galleria, Nevskiy Center, and a business center at Marata 11).  Those facilities have been evacuated.  The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General recommend that U.S. citizens avoid those types of facilities in St. ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Bomb Threats Reported Throughout Russia

Over the last two days bomb threats have been reported throughout Russia.  Local authorities have responded by ordering evacuations of threatened sites.  Schools, cinemas, shopping centers, government buildings, and transportation hubs have been threatened. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General remind U.S. citizens to remain aware of their surroundings at all times, including local events, ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens

June 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is receiving reports that the organizers of the anti-corruption rally scheduled for today at 2:00pm in Moscow are moving the location to Tverskaya Street. If this is the case clashes with between protesters and police are possible. Use caution in the area and avoid all demonstrations. Violence during protests ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Widespread Demonstrations Anticipated on June 12

June 9, 2017 On June 12 organizers intend to stage anti-corruption rallies or demonstrations in up to 200 cities throughout Russia. The protests are a continuation of demonstrations held on March 26, in which tens of thousands of people turned out. Although authorities have granted permission for many of these events, others are unsanctioned. Demonstrations ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Border Guard Day Activities

On Sunday, May 28, Russians will celebrate Border Guards Day.  Activities and large groups are expected in city parks throughout the Russia.  Brawls and other incidents of public disorder, often fueled by the consumption of alcohol, have occurred in past similar celebrations.  Police officers will likely be conducting regular identification checks, especially near tourist attractions ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Victory Day Celebrations

In preparation for Victory Day celebrations over the extended holiday weekend, U.S. citizens should be alert to possible disorders.  Police officers will likely be conducting regular identification checks, especially near tourist attractions and near rallies.  You should carry proper identification at all times – a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa must be carried ...
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Europe Travel Alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe: Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. While ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstrations

U.S. Mission Russia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Upcoming Demonstrations April 26, 2017   Organizations across Russia are planning to hold numerous rallies and protests in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Yekaterinburg, and several other cities in the Russian Federation starting Saturday, April 29 through Monday, May 1.  Protests and demonstrations may occur without permission, ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Saint Petersburg

U.S. Consulate General Saint Petersburg Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Saint Petersburg April 29 and May 1, 2017 Media report that demonstrations are planned in Saint Petersburg for April 29 and May 1 at the following locations and times: On April 29 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the group “Open Russia” will march from ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Political Climate Calls for Vigilance and Situational Awareness

U.S. Mission Russia Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Political Climate Calls for Vigilance and Situational Awareness April 7, 2017 U.S. Embassy Moscow reminds all U.S. citizens that the current political climate in Russia requires them to exercise the highest levels of vigilance and situational awareness.  Given recent events, the possibility for large-scale demonstrations, personal ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Demonstration in Saint Petersburg

U.S. Consulate General Saint Petersburg, Russia Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Large Demonstration in Saint Petersburg April 6 April 6, 2017 The local government has called for a large rally to take place this evening as a memorial event for the victims of Monday’s attack at Technological Institute Metro Station.  Members of the Legislative Assembly ...
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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Large Demonstrations in Moscow and Across Russia

Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential Large Demonstrations in Moscow and Across Russia April 6, 2017 U.S. Citizens are advised that there is a possibility of large-scale, government-sanctioned public rallies this evening, April 6, in central Moscow and on Saturday, April 8, in various cities in Russia.  Information on public media indicates that the event ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Metro Explosion; All Metro Stations Closed

UNITED STATES CONSULATE GENERAL ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Metro Explosion; All Metro Stations Closed April 3, 2017 Media reports at least one explosion and injuries at or between the Sennaya and Technological Institute Metro stations. We ask U.S. Citizens who are safe and unharmed to contact family and friends directly to ...
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Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens: Explosions on St. Petersburg Metro

Media reports explosions at the Metro stations Sennaya and Technological Institute. U.S. Citizens should avoid the area.  Metro stations are now closed. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your ...
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Worldwide Caution – Updated: March 6, 2017

As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated September ...
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Security Message to U.S. Citizens: Nemtsov Memorial March and Maslenitsa Celebrations

Municipal authorities have issued a permit for opposition political parties to hold a procession on the two-year anniversary of the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on Sunday, February 26, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Up to 30,000 people are expected to participate in the march, which will start on Strastnoy ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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