The US Embassy in Moscow issued a security notice overnight, urging Americans to leave Russia as soon as possible while exit options remain.
The warning follows Russian President Vladimir Putin’s request to partially mobilize Russian men to fight in his conflict in Ukraine.
“Russia can deny US citizenship to dual nationals, limit their access to US consular assistance, prevent them from leaving Russia, and draft dual nationals for military service,” according to the advisor.
The embassy has repeatedly advised Americans not to travel to Russia and to leave quickly if they do.
The embassy issued a statement advising US citizens to “avoid any political or social protests and not photograph security officials at these gatherings,” stressing that “The right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression are not guaranteed in Russia.”
“Russian Authorities Arrest American Citizens Participating in Demonstrations”, according to the advisor.
Later that day, a State Department spokesman explained that the advice referred to previous protests and that “We are not aware of any arrests of US citizens participating in demonstrations since the mobilization.”
The embassy “is severely limited in its ability to help people in the United States,” according to the security counciland “conditions, especially transportation alternatives, may suddenly become even more limited.”
“If you want to leave Russia, you should make independent plans as soon as possible,” was being read. The U.S. Embassy in Russia urged Americans in the nation to leave “immediately” and warned Americans against visiting Russia in his most serious warning since the Ukrainian conflict began, as a large exodus of Russians fit for military service flee to avoid Kremlin recruitment.
The security alert states that Russia may refuse to recognize dual citizenship, deny dual citizens access to US consulates in Russia (which help people enter and leave the country), stop them from leaving the country, or even forced them to join the Russian army.
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