US Dept of State says "Leave Russia Now" to US citizens

Do not travel to Russia due to the unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces, the potential for harassment against U.S. citizens by Russian government security officials, the singling out of U.S. citizens in Russia by Russian government security officials including for detention, the arbitrary enforcement of local law, limited flights into and out of Russia, the Embassy’s limited ability to assist U.S. citizens in Russia, COVID-19-related restrictions, and terrorism. U.S. citizens residing or travelling in Russia should depart Russia immediately. Exercise increased caution due to wrongful detentions.

U.S. citizens should note that U.S. credit and debit cards no longer work in Russia, and options to electronically transfer funds from the United States are extremely limited as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian banks. There are reports of cash shortages within Russia.

Limited commercial flight options and overland routes by car and bus are still open and available. If you wish to depart Russia, you should make arrangements on your own as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy has severe limitations on its ability to assist U.S. citizens, and conditions, including transportation options, may suddenly become even more limited. U.S. citizens who are able to depart Russia for another country and are in need of emergency assistance upon arrival may contact a U.S. embassy or consulate in that country.

Do Not Travel to:

  • The North Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, due to terrorism, kidnapping, and risk of civil unrest.
  • Crimea due to Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian territory and abuses by its occupying authorities.

The rest of the page makes good reading as well.

Incidentally, when I travel abroad, I register my itinerary with the DoS and they send me advisories before I hit each country. That said, like reading the cautions an the literature included with any pharmaceutical, if you believe everything they say, you’ll never take meds and never leave home.



Not to mention, USian/Russian dual citizens, who attract the attention of authorities, could find themselves “compulsorily enlisted”.

So, what would an unwilling Russian draftee do when he arrives at the front? Drop his rifle, find some civies, and run away? The FSB must have a mechanism in place to teach draftee’s family members a lesson if the draftee deserts.


have a mechanism in place

IIRC there was a whole force of ~300 that were furious about conditions, no pay etc and refused to fight and promptly got shelled & obliterated by their own side. This would be about 1-2 months back.