US Tells Its Citizens To “Depart Russia Immediately”.
The United States has warned its citizens residing in or traveling to Russia, advising them to depart immediately due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the potential risk of arbitrary arrest or harassment by Russian law enforcement agencies.
The U.S. embassy in Moscow has stated that increased caution should be exercised and discouraged travel to Russia.
The warning highlights the concern of the U.S. government regarding the actions of Russian security services which have previously arrested U.S. citizens on false charges, subjected them to detention and harassment, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and convicted them in secret trials or without presenting credible evidence.
The embassy also pointed out that Russian authorities have arbitrarily enforced local laws against U.S. citizens engaged in religious activities, and have initiated questionable criminal investigations against them.
“U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Russia should depart immediately,” the U.S. embassy in Moscow said. “Exercise increased caution due to the risk of wrongful detentions.”
“Do not travel to Russia,” the embassy said.
“Russian security services have arrested U.S. citizens on spurious charges, singled out U.S. citizens in Russia for detention and harassment, denied them fair and transparent treatment, and convicted them in secret trials or without presenting credible evidence,” the embassy said.
“Russian authorities arbitrarily enforce local laws against U.S. citizen religious workers and have opened questionable criminal investigations against U.S. citizens engaged in religious activity.”
In January, the Federal Security Service (FSB) announced opening a criminal case against a U.S. citizen on suspicion of espionage.
This latest warning is not the first of its kind, with the U.S. government having previously advised its citizens to leave Russia. The last such warning was issued in September 2021 after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization.
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