|Embassy of the United States, Moscow|
|Native name |
Russian: ? ?, (Posol'stvo Soedinennykh Shtatov Ameriki, Moskva)
New embassy as seen from the street
|Location||Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8|
Presnensky District, Moscow, Russia
|Ambassador||Jon Huntsman Jr.|
The Embassy of the United States of America in Moscow is the diplomatic mission of the United States of America in the Russian Federation. The current embassy compound is in the Presnensky District of Moscow. Its New Office Building (NOB) address is: Bolshoy Deviatinsky Pereulok No. 8. The NOB was opened on May 5, 2000. From 1934 to 1953 the embassy was located in the Mokhovaya House, 13 Mokhovaya Street, near the Kremlin. In 1953 the embassy moved into the Existing Office Building (EOB) on Novinskiy Boulevard, which still remains a part of the embassy compound.
The embassy consists of the following sections:
On August 26, 1977, a fire erupted on the eighth floor of the embassy building. Although it was extinguished, a large amount of information was lost or stolen. (Several firefighters were in fact KGB personnel charged with removing sensitive material.)
Construction of a new embassy building began in 1979. In 1985, the building's columns, which had been built by Soviet workers, were found to be riddled with listening devices, to such an extent that classified information had to be handled in the old embassy. In retaliation, Soviet diplomats were not allowed to occupy their new embassy in Washington, D.C. The standoff was resolved in 1994 when American workers were allowed to partially dismantle and rebuild the embassy with four completely new upper floors. In 2000, the new building was finally opened with classified business confined to the upper floors, while standard consular business is conducted in the insecure lower floors.
On a Russian television program, Igor Korotchenko, editor of a magazine called National Defense and a former specialist in Russia's military command, described the structure of the current embassy building as follows: "The N.S.A. is a global electronic vacuum cleaner, which monitors everything. Look at the top two floors of the new building of the U.S. Embassy--it's a huge antenna, which listens to the Moscow air."
The New York Times reported on November 14, 2017 that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hired a Russian company with a KGB link to Vladimir Putin to guard the United States Embassy in Moscow.