Consulate-General of Russia in Houston
The Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Houston (Russian: Генеральное консульство Российской Федерации в Хьюстоне) General'noe konsul'stvo Rossijskoj Federatsii v H'justone) is Russia's diplomatic office in Houston, Texas, United States. It is located in Suite 1300 at Park Towers South.
In October 2001 the U.S. and Russia formally agreed to establish a Houston consulate. The Russian government approved the establishment on February 12, 2003. On May 9 of that year the United States Department of State confirmed the appointment of the consul general. The facility opened on August 4, 2004.
Russia opened a consulate in Houston due to the proximity to aerospace and petroleum industries. In a 2004 Houston Chronicle article Nikolai V. Sofinskiy, the first consul general, stated that the Houston area had around 40,000 Russian speakers and that Houston's consulate could easily serve the southeastern United States.
Consuls-General of Russia in Houston
- 2003—2008 Nikolay Vsevolodovich Sofinskiy (born 10 February 1958)
- 2008—2011 Nikolay Yevgenyevich Babich (born 22 December 1948)
- 2011— now Alexander Konstantinovich Zakharov (born 18 February 1960)
Arms of the Russian Federation as displayed in the Consulate
- "THE HISTORY OF THE CONSULATE GENERAL." Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Houston. Accessed October 12, 2012.
- Lezon, Dale. "Energy, space draw Russian consulate here." Houston Chronicle. May 26, 2004. A21 MetFront. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
- Miller, Doug. "Russian Consulate coming to Houston." KHOU-TV. May 25, 2004. Retrieved on February 11, 2009.
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: New assignments, December 2003. Retrieved on January 3, 2011
- Consulate General of Russia in Houston, information about the Consul General. Retrieved on January 3, 2011
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation: New assignments. Retrieved on October 12, 2012