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Arrests, Legal Disputes, and Russian Authorities
  • While you are in Russia, you are subject to Russian laws and procedures, which are often quite different from those in the U.S.
  • If you are arrested or involved in a dispute with Russian authorities, you should ask the authorities to notify us. We cannot get you out of jail, but we can help protect your legitimate interests and ensure you are not discriminated against.
  • Please keep in mind that while our intervention may help, it can take time; ultimately only Russian officials have the authority to resolve a dispute in Russia.
  • Should you be held in police custody, we can provide a list of local attorneys, visit you, and, if you choose, contact friends and relatives on your behalf. We can also transfer money, food and clothing to prison authorities from your family or friends.
  • The U.S. Consulate cannot, however, become involved in private legal disputes, such as between you and your Russian partner. In these situations it might be helpful to retain a lawyer.
  • The Consular Section maintains a list of lawyers (PDF - 132 KB) in Vladivostok.

For more information on consular assistance for Americans arrested or imprisoned overseas, please refer to the Department of State's webpage Arrest or Detention of an American Citizen Abroad.

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