Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Victory Day Celebrations

In preparation for Victory Day celebrations over the extended holiday weekend, U.S. citizens should be alert to possible disorders.  Police officers will likely be conducting regular identification checks, especially near tourist attractions and near rallies.  You should carry proper identification at all times – a U.S. passport with a current Russian visa must be carried in public and produced if requested by Russian police.

May 6, 2016 – MOSCOW

Throughout Moscow, the police presence will be visible – up to 22,000 officials.  The Russian authorities have issued permits for an opposition rally and a Motorcyclists Festival in Central Moscow on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  Traffic delays should be expected due to numerous street closures for these events.

Event:  Festival of Motorcyclists
Location/Route:  Prospect Sakharova to the VDNKH Exhibition Complex, Moscow
Time: 09:00 -12:00

Event:  Bolotnaya Rally
Location/Route:  Across Sakharov Avenue from the Boulevard to the Garden Ring, Moscow
Time: 13:00-15:00
Numbers:  A permit has been approved for up to 10,000 participants

Other Locations:

While Mission Russia does not have specific information about similar rallies in other cities, U.S. citizens should be aware of the possibility of other approved or unapproved gatherings unrelated to Victory Day events.  In other cities and locations you should expect a heightened police presence.

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

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.

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