Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Moscow, Russia – Chistye Prudy Metro Station, starting at 14:00, continuing along the Boulevard Ring Road, and ending at Pushkin Square.

Event:  On Saturday, August 31, protesters plan to gather for an unauthorized political demonstration near Chistye Prudy Metro Station beginning at 14:00 and continuing to Pushkin Square. A large police and media presence is expected. U.S. citizens should avoid the protest route and immediate surrounding area.

In addition, there is the potential for other authorized and unauthorized demonstrations leading up to Russia’s national election day on September 8.  The Embassy may not always be aware of the exact time and place of these events in advance.  Given the likely substantial police presence and possible dispersal of protesters into other areas in the city center, U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any demonstration-related activities.  

Actions to Take

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid the area.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid demonstrations.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert in locations frequented by tourists/Westerners.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa.