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Information for U.S. Citizens in Russia

Following recent Russian military actions in Ukraine, U.S. citizens should consider departing Russia immediately via limited commercial options still available. Please visit for the latest information on departure options.

U.S. Relationship

St Basils cathedral on Red Square in Moscow
St Basils cathedral on Red Square in Moscow

U.S.-Russia Relations

Russia recognized the United States on October 28, 1803, and diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia were formally established in 1809. Diplomatic relations were interrupted following the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. On December 6, 1917, President Woodrow Wilson instructed all American diplomatic representatives in Russia to refrain from any direct communication with representatives of the Bolshevik Government. Although diplomatic
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St Basils cathedral on Red Square in Moscow

Bilateral Economic Relations

In response to Russia’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea, the United States suspended bilateral engagement with the Russian government on most economic issues. The United States continues to investigate allegations of mistreatment of or discrimination against U.S. investors in Russia and to urge Russia to improve its investment climate,
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