Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia

Location: Russia, countrywide

Event: The Government of Russia is currently holding a series of regional and local elections. Twenty-eight regions and numerous municipalities will open polls today through Sunday. There will likely be lines outside polling stations or crowds in other public areas. There is also the potential for authorized and/or unauthorized demonstrations preceding and subsequent to the conclusion of voting.

Given the possibility of lines and/or crowds, 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 avoiding large crowds, distancing yourself from others, and wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.

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 any areas where demonstrations may be taking place.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • 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

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State Department – Consular Affairs

  • 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

Russia Country Information

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