Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia – Planned Demonstrations and Rallies

March 17, 2022 at 6:09 PM

Location: Throughout Russia

Event:  Friday, March 18 is the anniversary of Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea.  According to social media reports, there may be demonstrations, rallies, concerts, or other public gatherings to commemorate the event. Counter protests are possible.  U.S. citizens should avoid such gatherings and any related activities.

The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level for Russia is at “Level 4: Do Not Travel” due to the potential for harassment and detention of U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19 and related entry restrictions, terrorism, limited flights into and out of Russia, and the arbitrary enforcement of local law.  Russian security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and have convicted them in secret trials and/or without presenting credible evidence. Russian officials may unreasonably delay U.S. consular assistance to detained U.S. citizens.  U.S. citizens should depart Russia immediately.

Click here for the full text of the Travel Advisory for Russia.

Actions to Take

  • Monitor local and international media for updates.
  • Avoid the area near demonstrations.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa.