Embassy of Russia, Havana

Coordinates: 23°06′45″N 82°26′09″W / 23.11250°N 82.43583°W / 23.11250; -82.43583
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Embassy of Russia, Havana
General information
Architectural styleConstructivism, Brutalism
Coordinates23°06′45″N 82°26′09″W / 23.11250°N 82.43583°W / 23.11250; -82.43583
Construction started1978
Design and construction
Architect(s)Aleksandr Rochegov
Embassy of Russia in Havana
Embassy of Russia in Havana

The Embassy of Russia in Havana is the headquarters of the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Cuba. It is well known for its striking constructivist building in the Miramar district of the city, built by architect Aleksandr Rochegov. Some liken it to a sword, others to a syringe.[1][2]


The embassy is located at #6402 Quinta Avenida [es] (Fifth Avenue, Miramar's prestigious boulevard), between Calles 62 and 66, on a site of about 4 hectares (9.9 acres). Construction began in December 1978 and was completed in November 1987. The embassy opened as the Soviet embassy, in an era when Soviet influence in Cuba was immense, and transitioned to its status as the Russian Embassy after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In the 1980s, the embassy was jokingly called the "control tower", a double entendre alluding to both the building's resemblance to an ATC tower and to the USSR's dominant position in the bilateral relationship.[3]


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  1. ^ Macias, Amanda (18 June 2015). "The Soviet Union built this dismal concrete tower in downtown Havana". Business Insider. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. ^ Rathbone, John Paul (31 October 2014). "Demolition dreams: the world's 'worst' buildings". The Financial Times. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  3. ^ Long, William R. (1986-04-20). "Restoration, Refurbishing, New Paint Adding Sparkle to Drab Havana". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2024-03-28.

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