Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C.

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Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C.
Coat of Arms of the Russian Federation.svg
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Coordinates 38°55′28.48″N 77°4′29.3″W / 38.9245778°N 77.074806°W / 38.9245778; -77.074806Coordinates: 38°55′28.48″N 77°4′29.3″W / 38.9245778°N 77.074806°W / 38.9245778; -77.074806
Location Washington, DC, United States
Address 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov

The Embassy of Russia in Washington, D.C. (Russian: Посольство России в США) is the diplomatic mission of the Russian Federation to the United States. The chancery is located at 2650 Wisconsin Avenue, Northwest, Washington, D.C.[1][2]

Ambassador's Residence[edit]

Ambassador's Residence

The Russian ambassador's residence is located at 1125 16th Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. Built in 1910, this Beaux-Arts mansion served variously as the Russian or Soviet embassy during periods of established relations between 1913 and 1994.

New embassy compound on Wisconsin Avenue[edit]

The embassy of the Russian Federation is situated on "Mount Alto" on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, built on property leased to the Soviet government for 85 years on the basis of an agreement between the Soviet Union and the United States, concluded in 1969. Under the 1972 agreement, equivalent territory in Moscow was to be leased to the United States 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 compound for espionage purposes,[3] but it was never successfully exploited due to FBI agent Robert Hanssen disclosing information about the operation to the KGB.[4][5]

In September 1994, during his visit to the United States, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and U.S. President Bill Clinton inaugurated the new ceremonial building of the Russian Embassy, at Mount Alto.


2018.04.25, Tyvan throat-singing music ensemble "Alash" at Embassy of Russia in Washington D.C.

In 1985, Vitaly Yurchenko redefected here, after eluding his handlers at the Au Pied de Cochon restaurant in Georgetown.[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Russian Federation". Embassy. 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Embassy of the Russian Fdrtn, Washington, DC : Reviews and maps - Yahoo! Local". Local.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Set The Soviet Embassy On Its Ear - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. 1985-09-24. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Thinks Agent Revealed Tunnel At Soviet Embassy - New York Times". Nytimes.com. 2001-03-04. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ "U.S. officials were given tours of Soviet Embassy spy tunnel - Washington Post". The Russia Journal. 2001-03-10. Archived from the original on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  6. ^ Kelly, James (2005-04-18). "The Spy Who Returned to the Cold". TIME. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  7. ^ Grass, Mike (2004-09-10). "An Obituary: Yurchenko's Au Pied du Cochon". DCist. Archived from the original on 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  8. ^ Washington, The (2002-06-06). "No secrets on cloak & dagger circuit". Washington Times. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 

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