In case of emergency, the U.S. and U.K. consulates have consular officers on call at all times. This can be useful if a shakedown on the part of the local police goes too far, and—heaven forbid—if you land in jail. Insist on your right to call your consulate. There's a Canadian consulate in St. Petersburg; Australians and New Zealanders should check with the U.K. consulate first and the Canadian one if that doesn't work. A word of warning: phone lines to the U.S. consulate are constantly busy. It may take hours of persistent dialing to get through. In Moscow, unless you have official business or are met by embassy personnel or a compound resident, the U.S. embassy is off-limits, even to Americans.
Foreign Embassies in Moscow
Canada. 23 per. Starokonyushenny, Kropotkinskaya, Moscow, Moscow, 117623. 495/925–6000; www.russia.gc.ca.
United Kingdom. 10 nab. Smolenskaya, Arbat, Moscow, Moscow, 121099. 495/956–7200; ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk.
United States. 21 bul. Novinsky, Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya, Moscow, Moscow, 117623. 495/728–5577; moscow.usembassy.gov.
Foreign Embassies in St. Petersburg
United Kingdom. 5 pl. Proletarskoi Diktatury, Liteiny/Smolny, St. Petersburg, St.-Petersburg, 191124. 812/320–3200; ukinrussia.fco.gov.uk.
United States. 15 Furstadtskaya ul., Chernyshevskaya, St. Petersburg, St.-Petersburg, 191028. 812/331–2600; 317/472–2328; www.stpetersburg-usconsulate.ru.
General Emergency Contacts