Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Russia, countrywide

Event:  Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted in many parts of the country, increasing the possibility of encountering public gatherings.  There is also the potential for authorized and/or unauthorized demonstrations in the days preceding and subsequent to the conclusion of nationwide voting on July 1.  Should there be any demonstrations, a heavy police presence is expected.  You should be aware of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which includes wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, distancing yourself from others, and avoiding large crowds.

U.S. citizens should avoid polling stations and any large public gatherings, including any demonstration-related activities. 

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Avoid the areas.
  • 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

U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg

U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok

State Department – Consular Affairs