Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Saint Petersburg

U.S. Consulate General Saint Petersburg

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Saint Petersburg

April 29 and May 1, 2017

Media report that demonstrations are planned in Saint Petersburg for April 29 and May 1 at the following locations and times:

On April 29 at approximately 2:00 p.m., the group “Open Russia” will march from the Gorkovskaya metro station just north of the Peter and Paul Fortress to a government building on the Petrovskaya embankment. Both of those locations are on the Petrogradskaya side of the Neva. The city government has not authorized this march.

On May 1, numerous opposition parties and nationalist movements will stage authorized annual May Day marches and demonstrations. According to sources, many of the groups will form between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in the vicinity of the Oktyabr’skiy concert hall, located just north of Ploshad’ Vosstaniya. The groups will then march to Ploshad’ Vosstaniya and continue along Nevskiy prospect. The final destinations of the marches vary: Dvortsovaya Ploshad’ (Palace Square), Isaakievskaya Ploshad’ (St. Isaac’s Square), Konyushannaya Ploshad’ (Konyushennaya Square), and Marsovo Pole (Field of Mars). The marches are expected to end sometime in the early afternoon.

The Consulate General reminds U.S. citizens to avoid public demonstrations and to remain aware of their surroundings and patterns on public transportation services that might indicate that protests are gathering.

General Guidance

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

For further information:

· See the State Department’s travel website ( for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information ( .

· Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ( (STEP ( ) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

· Contact the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, located at 21 Novinsky Blvd. in Moscow, at +7 (495) 728-5577, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays or by e-mail at or visit the Embassy website at After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +7 (495) 728 5000 after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays.

· U.S. Consulate General St. Petersburg:
The U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg is located at 15 Furshtatskaya Street, Tel: +7 (812) 331-2600. You may contact the Consulate’s ACS unit by e-mail at , or by fax at +7 (812) 331-2646, or visit the Consulate website ( . For after-hours emergencies, call +7 (812) 331-2600 and listen to the recorded message for the Duty Officer’s cell phone number.

· U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok
The U.S. Consulate General is located at 32 Pushkinskaya Street, Vladivostok, Russia 690001, Tel.: +7 (423) 230-0070, fax: +7 (423) 230-0091, Emergency telephone: +7 (914) 791-0067 (24 hours)

· U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg:
The U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg is located at 15 Gogolya Street, Tel: +7 (343) 793-001. You may contact the Consulate’s ACS Unit by e-mail at or by fax at +7 (343) 379-4515, or visit the Consulate’s website at ( .
For after-hours emergencies, you may call the Duty Officer at +7 (917) 569-3549.

· Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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