Russia Elections and Protest Alert

Updated 10 September 2019


US Department of State and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Travel

Warnings: As of 10 September 2019, there are travel warnings to Russia.

  • 2 August: FCO issued alert regarding political protests

  • 30 August: U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued alert regarding planned protests in the city


Situation:

Elections were held in Russia on Sunday, September 8 following months of intense protests

starting in mid-July after the exclusion of many opposition candidates.

The United Russia party should still retain the majority of the 45-member parliament even

though they lost almost a third of their seats in this election. Party suffered a “major upset”

as party’s leader in Moscow, Andrei Metelsky, was not re-elected. Kremlin-backed

candidates did well outside of Moscow.


Protests should be avoided. Protests can be considered a security concern by Russian

authorities and they may exert their authority to return calm and order to protests.


Possible Effects:

  • Further protests

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increased presence of law enforcement personnel and willingness to use force against protesters to restore order

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Blockades placed by police beforehand

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent, especially after dark


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, as these may have the possibility of turning violent

  • Avoid discussing political topics in public or on social media

  • Be respectful of the Russian government

  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  • Remain calm

  • Do not exit your vehicle

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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