Disposition of Remains Report

In Case of Emergency

Disposition of Remains Report: Moscow

April 14, 2015

Part I: Name of Country


Part II: US Consulate General Information

Local Address:
U.S. Embassy
8 Bolshoy Deviatinsky per.
Moscow, Russia 121099

Local Address in Russian:
Посольство США
Большой Девятинский пер., 8
Москва, Россия 121099

Telephone: (7) (495) 728-5577
FAX: (7) (495) 728-5084
After hours phone: (7) (495) 728-5000
E-mail: moscowwarden@state.gov
Website: https://ru.usembassy.gov/

State Department Country Specific Information: http://www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/russia.html

We encourage American citizens to sign up (register) for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program with the consulate, in order to obtain updated information on local travel and security. Enrollment is important; it allows the State Department to assist U.S. citizens in the event of an emergency. You do not need to come over to our office in person. You may sign up directly online at: https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Part III: Profile of Religions and Religious Services Available to Visitors:

Country Profile: Visit the State Department’s website “Background Note: Russia”

Religions: Russian Orthodox, Islam, Judaism, Roman Catholicism, Protestant, Buddhist, other. More than 70% of Russians identify themselves as Russian Orthodox.

Internet Site: In Your Pocket Guide: Religious Services Available to Visitors http://www.inyourpocket.com/russia/moscow/Expat/Religious-Services

Part IV: Funeral Directors, Mortician and Related Services Available in Moscow:

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers.

Short List of Moscow Funeral Homes

GUP Ritual
3 Peschanaya St.
Tel./fax: 8-499-157-43-83

22 Marshala Timoshenko St.
Tel.: 495-530-0001, 8-499-728-8240 (24 hours)
Fax:  495-945-2335

6 Odesskaya St.
Tel./fax: (495) 310-72-92, (495) 310-2310

Balashikha Town, Moscow Oblast
6 Okolnaya St., Mkr. Saltykovka
Tel.: 495-701-1096, 495-702-7471, 702-7370
Fax:  495-701-1706

Part V: Profile of services available in Moscow regarding preparation and shipment of remains:

(1) Maximum Period Before Burial:

The maximum period before burial is one month. After the deadline, the remains are buried at the state’s expense. As a rule, only major cities in the Moscow consular district have mortuary facilities.

(2) Embalming:

There are no requirements for embalming if the remains are to be buried locally. Embalming facilities exist in large cities in the consular district. It should be pointed out that preparation and air shipment of remains are carried out in accordance with the laws and facilities available in Russia, and, in most cases, the services fall short of those expected in the United States. It is always recommended that the hometown funeral director be requested to determine the advisability of viewing the remains.

(3) Cremation:

Cremation is permitted by national law with the consent of the decedent’s relatives. There are four crematoria in Moscow. Many major Russian cities, such as Kazan, do not have crematoria.

(4) Caskets and Containers:

When remains are transported out of the country, the body should be appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a zinc coffin, or urn in case of cremation, which is then placed in a suitable transportation box.

(5) Exportation of Human Remains:

Remains: To export remains, the following documents are required by the Russian authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate issued by the Russian Vital Records Office, acronym ZAGS;
  • Certificate of Encasement (certifying that container is sealed and contains no extraneous objects);
  • Medical Certificate from Forensic Bureau certifying absence of contagious diseases;
  • Documents issued by the U.S. Consulate General in Moscow:
  • Consular Mortuary Certificate;
  • Affidavit of Mortician on Encasement;

(6) Exportation of Human Cremains/Ashes:

Ashes: To export cremated remains, the following documents are required by Russian authorities:

  • Official Death Certificate issued by ZAGS ;
  • Certificate of Cremation;
  • Certificate of Encasement (certifying that the container is sealed and contains no extraneous objects)

(7) Costs:

The approximate prices below are in the state of gradual change due to the inflation and local currency rate.
All dollar costs have been converted from the cost in local currency at the rate of exchange of 52.00 rubles to one dollar, average on April 14, 2015.