Event: Media sources indicate that on Sunday, January 31, demonstrations are being planned throughout Russia in support of an opposition activist. These demonstrations are likely to be unauthorized and most of them are planned to begin at approximately 12:00. Given the likely substantial police presence and possible dispersal and arrests of demonstrators, U.S. citizens should avoid these demonstrations and any demonstration-related activities.
- In Moscow, demonstrators plan to gather near Lubyanka Square and Staraya Square.
- In Vladivostok, demonstrators plan to gather at the Central Square.
- In Yekaterinburg, demonstrators plan to gather at the park behind the Youth Palace.
- In Chelyabinsk, demonstrators plan to gather at the monument to Kurchatov.
- In Irkutsk, demonstrators plan to gather at the Dom Byta.
- In Kazan, demonstrators plan to gather at the square across from Kamal Theatre.
- In Khabarovsk, demonstrators plan to gather at Lenin Square.
- In Krasnodar, demonstrators plan to gather at the Triumphal Arc of Alexander.
- In Krasnoyarsk, demonstrators plan to gather in Peace Square.
- In Lipetsk, demonstrators plan to gather at the Chernobyl Memorial.
- In Novosibirsk, demonstrators plan to gather at Krasny Prospekt.
- In Omsk, demonstrators plan to gather at Leningrad Square.
- In Perm, demonstrators plan to gather at Komsomolsky Prospekt, opposite the Soldatov House of Culture.
- In Rostov on Don, demonstrators plan to gather at the government public library.
- In Ulan Ude, demonstrators plan to gather at Revolution Square.
- In Volgograd, demonstrators plan to gather at Lenin Square.
- Additional demonstrations are planned in the cities of Anapa, Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Balakovo, Barnaul, Belgorod, Cheboksary, Dzerzhinsk, Gorno-Altaysk, Izhevsk, Kaliningrad, Kemerovo, Korolev, Kurgan, Magnitogorsk, Murmansk, Niznhy Novgorod, Novokuznetsk, Penza, Petrozavodsk, Pskov, Ryazan, Samara, Saratov, Syktyvkar, Tambov, Tomsk, Tula, Tver, Tyumen, Ufa, Ukhta, Vologda, Voronezh, and Yaroslavl.
There is the potential for related authorized and unauthorized demonstrations throughout the weekend in other Russian cities. The Embassy may not always be aware of the exact time and place of these events in advance.
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.
U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia
- +(7) (495) 728-5577
- After hours – +(7) (495) 728-5000
- Website – U.S. Embassy Moscow
U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg
- +7 (343) 379-3001
- After hours – +7 (917) 569-3549
- Website – U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg
U.S. Consular Agency Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Lada Hotel, Suite 210
154 Komsomolskaya Street
- +7-4242-42-49-17 (Mondays and Thursdays, 0900-1300)
- After hours – +7-914-704-07 62
State Department – Consular Affairs
- 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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