Embassy of the United States, Moscow

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Embassy of the United States, Moscow
Native name
Russian: Посольство Соединенных Штатов Америки, Москва (Posolstvo Soedinennyk Shtatov Ameriki, Moskva)
Seal of an Embassy of the United States of America.svg
US embassy new building in Moscow.jpg
New embassy as seen from the street
Location Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8
Presnensky District, Moscow, Russia
Coordinates 55°45′20″N 37°34′59″E / 55.755556°N 37.583056°E / 55.755556; 37.583056Coordinates: 55°45′20″N 37°34′59″E / 55.755556°N 37.583056°E / 55.755556; 37.583056
Opened June 2000; 18 years ago (2000-06)[1]
Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr.

The Embassy of the United States of America in Moscow is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in the Russian Federation. The embassy complex is in the Presnensky District in the city center of Moscow. Its address is: Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8.[2] The US citizen center is nearby at 21 Novinskiy Bulvar.[3]

Organization[edit]

The embassy consists of the following sections:[4]

  • Political Section
  • Management Section
  • Regional Security Office
  • Economic Affairs Section
  • Public Affairs Section
  • Consular Section
  • Environment, Science, Technology, & Health Section
  • Law Enforcement Section

In addition, representatives of several U.S. federal agencies work in the embassy.[4]

The embassy oversees the following Consulates General in Russia: Saint Petersburg,[5] Vladivostok[6] and Yekaterinburg.[7]

Building[edit]

The old building of the US Embassy in Moscow.

During the period 1953–1976 the Soviets irradiated the US Embassy in Moscow with microwaves in the Moscow Signal incident.[8]

In 1964, covert listening devices were discovered within the US Embassy in Moscow.[9]

On August 26, 1977, a fire erupted on the eighth floor of the embassy building. Although it was extinguished, a large amount of information was lost or stolen. (Several firefighters were in fact KGB personnel charged with removing sensitive material.)[10]

Construction of a new embassy building began in 1979. In 1985, the building's columns, which had been built by Soviet workers, were found to be riddled with listening devices, to such an extent that classified information had to be handled in the old embassy. In retaliation, Soviet diplomats were not allowed to occupy their new embassy in Washington, D.C. The standoff was resolved in 1994 when American workers were allowed to partially dismantle and rebuild the embassy with four completely new upper floors. In 2000, the new building was finally opened with classified business confined to the upper floors, while standard consular business is conducted in the insecure lower floors.[11]

On a Russian television program, Igor Korotchenko, editor of a magazine called National Defense and a former specialist in Russia's military command, described the structure of the current embassy building as follows: "The N.S.A. is a global electronic vacuum cleaner, which monitors everything. Look at the top two floors of the new building of the U.S. Embassy—it's a huge antenna, which listens to the Moscow air."[12]

The New York Times reported on November 14, 2017 that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hired a Russian company with a K.G.B. link to Vladimir Putin to guard the United States Embassy in Moscow.[13][14][15]

Ambassadors[edit]

The position of United States Ambassador to Russia is currently held by Jon Huntsman, Jr.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The New Chancery of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow". 
  2. ^ moscow.usembassy.gov/contact-us. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  3. ^ moscow.usembassy.gov/acs-hours. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  4. ^ a b moscow.usembassy.gov/offices. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  5. ^ stpetersburg.usconsulate.gov. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  6. ^ vladivostok.usconsulate.gov. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  7. ^ yekaterinburg.usconsulate.gov. Retrieved 2008-10-08
  8. ^ Carpenter, David O. (2015). "The microwave syndrome or electro-hypersensitivity: historical background". Reviews on Environmental Health. 30 (4): 217–222. doi:10.1515/reveh-2015-0016. ISSN 2191-0308. PMID 26556835. 
  9. ^ "ESTIMATE OF DAMAGE TO U.S. FOREIGN POLICY INTERESTS". Archived from the original on 16 March 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "The Embassy Moscow Fire of 1977". Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training. Retrieved March 11, 2017. 
  11. ^ Lally, Kathy (2000-07-08). "U.S. Finally Opens Moscow Embassy / Building was delayed 15 years after Russians riddled it with bugs". SFGate. San Francisco: Hearst Communications. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Barry, Ellen (June 28, 2013). "While N.S.A. Leaker Stays in Hiding, Russian TV Builds a Pedestal for Him". The New York Times. pp. 1–2. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Higgins, Andrew (2017-11-14). "U.S. Hires Company With K.G.B. Link to Guard Moscow Embassy". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  14. ^ Delk, Josh (2017-11-14). "State Department hires security company with KGB ties". The Hill. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 
  15. ^ "US to use Russia firm founded by KGB spy". BBC News. 2017-11-10. Retrieved 2017-11-15. 

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