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Park Towers South


1333 West Loop South, Ste. 1300

Houston, TX 77027

(click here for directions)

Office is open:

Monday - Friday

(except Russian Holidays)

Reception hours:

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon


(713) 337-3300, ext. 301

Visa desk
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(713) 337-3300, ext. 308
(202) 827-0880


(713) 337-3305

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Consul General:

Alexander B. Pisarev

Answers to media questions regarding Russian Consulate requests to southern states authorities

Russian Consulate in Houston thoroughly reviewed CNN, Politico, USA Today and other media articles examining our requests to southern states authorities to study American elections experience. Frankly speaking, most of the above mentioned publications left us perplexed. Russian Embassy in Washington published on October 21, 2016 comprehensive comments on the overall situation (link: http://www.russianembassy.org/article/response-to-a-media-question-regarding-the-statements-of-u-s-administration-officials). We would like to provide some details from the consular district standpoint.

In September 2016 Russian Consulate in Houston reached out to Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma authorities to 'study the U.S. experience in organization of voting process. We never asked for 'monitoring', or 'observing' elections, but this quote does not add up to wording. Moreover, we specified that our consular officer would like to meet American officials at their convenience, in particular after all the election-related procedures are done.

The access was denied under different pretexts. We overlooked purely technical mistakes, such as in Louisiana authorities letter dated August 26, 2016 replying to our request from September 24, 2016 (we believe the response hadn't been prepared in advance).

Thus, the whole reaction to our interest in the presidential election experience, as well as reiterated publications magnifying discrepancies seem to us inappropriate.

Dear applicants!

In accordance with the Executive Order of the President of the Russian Federation No. 583 signed on November 28, 2015 the citizens of Turkey holding foreign passports have to obtain visas to enter to the territory of the Russian Federation starting January 1, 2016.

In compliance with the Executive Order the citizens of Turkey who have temporary or permanent residence permit, diplomatic, special and service passports, as well as seafarer's passport, do not need visas.

The full text of the Executive Order is available on the website of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to the US: http://www.russianembassy.org/article/executive-order-on-measures-to-ensure-russia%E2%80%99s-national-security-and-protection-of-russian-c



In view of an ongoing growth in bilateral Russian-American business, scientific, cultural and other relations, especially on a regional level, as well as an increasing number of Russian and U.S. citizens and expats residing in the other country, the Governments of the Russian Federation and of the United States of America agreed in 1992 to expand their respective consular presence on the territory of each other. In Spring of 1994 the U.S. Consulate General in Yekaterinburg became operational. At the same time, Russia, while facing unfavorable budgetary conditions, decided to freeze the opening of its new Consulate General.

Meanwhile, political and business leadership of the State of Texas supported by their Russian counterparts started lobbying both governments in favor of a Russian diplomatic mission in Houston. As the years went by the idea seemed more and more appealing. Texas proved itself as one of the biggest, most diverse and dynamic economies in the nation. It is a historic, well-established American and international center for the oil and gas industry. Houston Port - one of the largest in the world - is crucial to bilateral trade. Johnson Space Center is an integral part of the International Space Station program - both in terms of the joint ISS operation and crew training. Russian community in the area is rapidly increasing in numbers and its needs for consular services. In addition, Houston's remote location from the existing Russian missions in the United States impeded adequate coverage of all of the above.

Hence, in October of 2001 the two countries formalized the agreement on the establishment of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston through the exchange of diplomatic notes. The visit of President Vladimir V. Putin to Texas in November of the same year provided additional impetus to subsequent organizational steps undertaken by the Russian side. Following the Government Order # 174-p (February 12, 2003) the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation was given final green light to open its latest office abroad.

On May 9, 2003 the U.S. Department of State confirmed its consent to the appointment of Mr. Nikolay V. Sofinskiy as the first Consul General of Russia in Houston. He arrived in the City on November 7, 2003 heading a small advance team charged with finding a suitable location and making necessary arrangements to set up the mission, which opened its doors to visitors and became fully operational on August 4, 2004.

The Russian Consulate General in Houston is the national state office of international relations, which within its consular district (includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas) exerts vested responsibilities on behalf of the Russian Federation. The Consulate General is an integral part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Its main goals and functions are:

- to protect the rights and the interests of Russia, its citizens and legal entities, to render them help and assistance;

- to promote trade, economic, cultural and scientific relations between Russia and the United States;

- to deliver in the consular district the official information about the internal and foreign policy of Russia, its socio-economic and cultural life;

- to provide visa and passport services in accordance with the Russian Law;

- to conduct within its power notary actions� state registration of acts of civil status institution of custody or tutelage validation of documents;

- to participate in preparations for the intergovernmental exchanges and visits of the official delegations.


2004, Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Houston.