Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco

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Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco

The Consulate-General of Russia in San Francisco is a diplomatic mission in the 2790 Green Street building in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. It is operated by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[1]

The first Russian vice consul in San Francisco was Peter Kostromitinov, an agent of the Russian-American Company and a Fort Ross manager. He took his post in 1852. The first consulate of the Soviet Union in San Francisco opened in 1933. At first 2563 Divisadero Street held the consulate; it did so until 1948. It later moved to 24 California Street and the James Flood Building. In 1972 it moved into its current location.[1]

In 2011 the consulate bought new headstones, for a total of $20,000, for Russian sailors who died fighting a fire in San Francisco in 1863. The graves were installed on Mare Island in Vallejo, California. The city government protested the plan, saying that it goes against historical preservation.[2]


  1. ^ a b Zaverukha, Lydia B. and Nina Bogdan. Russian San Francisco (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2009. ISBN 0738571679, 9780738571676. p. 61.
  2. ^ Jones, Carolyn. "Vallejo fights Russian Consulate over headstones" (Archive). San Francisco Chronicle. Tuesday April 26, 2011. Retrieved on June 4, 2015.

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