Embassy of the United States in the Russian Federation

The Embassy of the United States in the Russian Federation is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in the Russian Federation – Russia, located in Moscow on Novinsky Boulevard (Garden Ring).

Initially, the Soviet leadership promised the American mission a building in the Vorobyovy Gory area, but the lease negotiations were unsuccessful. In 1934, the Embassy received a building in the immediate vicinity of the Kremlin – a newly built house on Mokhovaya Street, No. 13.

During WW2 in 1941-1943, the embassy was located in the city of Kuibyshev (now Samara).

In 1953, the American embassy moved to Tchaikovsky Street (modern Novinsky Boulevard). In 1969, the embassy grounds were expanded by 10 acres. The United States received this land on the terms of gratuitous use (lease) for a period of 85 years.

In September 1979, construction of a new building on this site started, completed in 1986.

By 1985, the United States came to the conclusion that the new high-rise office building they had been building since 1979 on the territory of the embassy was completely penetrated by a complex of listening devices; the building was not completed and it was decided to demolish it.

As a result, the building was partially rebuilt and opened in July 2000. Technical documentation on listening devices in the embassy building was officially handed over to the representative of the US Ambassador to the USSR by the Inter-Republican Security Service on December 5, 1991.

Old building. Architecture

The construction of a residential apartment building began in 1941. The main architect of the building is E.N. Stamo. In 1953, the house was transferred to the US Embassy.

A distinctive feature of the building is the contrast of white and yellow elements, thanks to which the building has an elegant look. The house is decorated with luxurious bay windows with stucco molding, a rusticated facade of the lower floors, and a multi-stage roof cornice. The building consists of three parts: the middle one occupies 9 floors, the left and right – 6 floors.

The new address is Donetsk People’s Republic Square, 1.

The embassy consists of the following sections:

  • 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.

There are no consulates in Russia currently.

Nearest attractions: Moscow ZooMoscow PlanetariumResidential building on Kudrinskaya Square, Museum-apartment of Pyotr TchaikovskyKudrinskaya squareChaliapin’s museum, Monument to Brodsky.

Nearest metro: BarrikadnayaKrasnopresnenskaya.

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