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.
In December 2016, an four Russian diplomats posted to the consulate, including a chef were declared persona non grata due to alleged espionage, in retaliation for Russian interference in the United States Presidential election.
- Zaverukha, Lydia B. and Nina Bogdan. Russian San Francisco (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2009. ISBN 0738571679, 9780738571676. p. 61.
- Jones, Carolyn. "Vallejo fights Russian Consulate over headstones" (Archive). San Francisco Chronicle. Tuesday April 26, 2011. Retrieved on June 4, 2015.
- Sernoffsky, Evan; Wildermuth, John (December 29, 2016). "Russian diplomats in San Francisco among those told to leave U.S.". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on December 30, 2016.
The State Department didn’t immediately identify the diplomats being expelled or say how many were working in San Francisco. All 35, department officials said, “were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic status,” which is political-speak for spying.
- Utehs, Katie (December 30, 2016). "Consulate says four employees expelled from San Francisco". KGO-TV. Archived from the original on January 1, 2017.
Petrov confirmed that four of the 35 diplomats asked to leave the country work at the San Francisco consulate. Family members of those employees are also leaving [...] Petrov says the consulate's chef is included in the expulsion.
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