Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Moscow (Russia), Upcoming Demonstrations

Organizations across Russia are planning to hold numerous rallies and protests in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Yekaterinburg, and several other cities in the Russian Federation starting Saturday, April 29 through Monday, May 1. Protests and demonstrations may occur without permission, which could lead the authorities to disperse them by force. The government has not given permission for anticipated activities on Saturday, April 29, but has issued permits for rallies taking place Sunday, April 30, and Monday, May 1, during the May Day holiday. U.S. citizens can expect:

Abrupt disruptions to public transportation services;

Traffic delays due to numerous street closures;

A sizable overt police presence around rallies

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General remind U.S. citizens to avoid public demonstrations and to remain aware of their surroundings and patterns on public transportation services that might indicate that protests are gathering.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council