Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C.
|Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C.|
|Location||Washington, DC, United States|
|Address||2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.|
The Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C. is the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation to the United States. The chancery is located at 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C..
New embassy compound at Wisconsin Avenue
The embassy of the Russian Federation is situated on "Mount Alto" on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, and was leased to the Soviet government for 85 years on the basis of the agreement between the USSR and the U.S., concluded in 1969. Under the 1972 agreement, the same territory in Moscow was leased to the U.S. for a new embassy on the same conditions. The second agreement also stated that both sides should start using their new buildings simultaneously.
The embassy was designed by well-known Soviet architect Michael Posokhin, who designed the State Kremlin Palace and a number of other buildings in Moscow. The residential building, the school, the kindergarten and sports grounds were all complete in 1979. Administrative and ceremonial buildings were finished in 1985.
In the late 1980s, the FBI and the National Security Agency built a tunnel under the embassy for espionage purposes, but it was never successfully exploited due to FBI agent Robert Hanssen disclosing information about the operation to the KGB.
On August 13, 2012, there was a protest concert, and on August 17, there was a protest, against the jail term of Pussy Riot. In August 2013, there was a Pussy Riot Solidarity Concert, outside the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
- List of diplomatic missions of Russia
- Soviet Union – United States relations
- Russia – United States relations
- Embassy of the United States, Moscow
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