Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia: Mobile Device Monitoring

Locations:  Russia Borders

Event: U.S. citizens entering Russia have reported that Russian immigration authorities have conducted searches of their electronic devices – including mobile phones – upon arrival.

U.S. citizens are reminded there is no reasonable expectation of privacy when using electronics in Russia. The Russian System for Operational-Investigative Activities (SORM) legally permits authorities to monitor and record all data that traverses Russia’s networks.  Telephone and electronic communications are subject to surveillance at any time and without advisory, which may compromise sensitive personal or business-related information.

U.S. citizens are reminded, the Department of State’s Travel Advisory level for Russia is “Level 4: Do Not Travel” and the Department of State continues to advise that U.S. citizens in Russia should depart immediately.

Actions to Take:

  • Comply with Russian laws in Russia.
  • Carry proper identification, including a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa.


U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia
Telephone:  +(7) (495) 728-5577; After hours: +(7) (495) 728-5000
Website:  U.S. Embassy Moscow

U.S. Department of State – Consular Affairs
Telephone:  +1 202-501-4444 (from overseas) or +1 888-407-4747 (from the U.S.)

Russia Country Information

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