U.S. Embassy Moscow, Russia
Security Message for U.S. Citizens
Russia Day: Demonstrations and Anticipated Traffic Disruptions
June 12, 2012
The U.S. Embassy has learned of a political opposition rally beginning at PUSHKIN SQUARE at approximately 12:00 noon on Tuesday, June 12. An estimated 20,000 participants will gather at the Square on Tverskaya Ulitsa and will march down Strasnovo, Petrovsky, and Rozhdestvensky Boulevards, ending at Akademika Sakharov Boulevard. At 3:00 pm, the opposition will hold a rally on Sakharov Prospekt. Please see the map below, showing the route from Point A to Point B.
While violence is not expected, there is always the potential for confrontations between protestors and police forces. Additionally, such large gatherings can cause significant traffic disruptions. U.S. citizens should also be aware of the possibility for counter-demonstrations and spontaneous protests appearing throughout the Moscow region, as well as a larger-than-usual police presence to monitor all activities.
The Embassy offers information about travel to Russia on our website, and we also encourage you to read the Country-Specific Information for the Russian Federation provided by the Department of State. Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States or a regular toll line at-1-202-501-4444 for callers from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well.
We strongly recommend that U.S. Citizens and nationals traveling to or residing overseas to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. Citizens and nationals without Internet access may enroll directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Enrolling signs you up to receive updated information about areas abroad and makes it easier for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to contact you or your designated contact in case of an emergency.
The American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is located at Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8, Moscow 121099, Russian Federation. We can help you with passport issuance and renewal, voter assistance, notarials, and registering a child born abroad. We also provide emergency services for U.S. citizens in case of a disaster or in case of illness, arrest, death, or destitution while in Russia. Appointments are required for all non-emergency services; you can make an appointment by calling +7 (495) 728-5577, or you may click here to schedule an appointment online. Or, you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a U.S. citizen with an after-hours emergency, please call our after-hours hotline at: (7) (495) 728-5000. The following are the after-hours emergency contact for U.S. Consulates within the Russian Federation:
U.S. Consulate General St. Petersburg
Tel: (+7) (812) 331-2600
U.S. Consulate General Vladivostok
Tel: (+7) (4232) 30-00-70
U.S. Consulate General Yekaterinburg
Tel: (+7) (3432) 793-001