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.
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.
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.
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