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Russian consulate general attacked in New York

In New York, an attack was made on the Consulate General of the Russian Federation.  Photo: Ludmila Plotnikova

In New York, an attack was made on the Consulate General of the Russian Federation. Photo: Ludmila Plotnikova

In New York, an attack was made on the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York. Last night, an unknown person, whose face was hidden by a hood and a mask, approached the building of the diplomatic mission and, using a special mobile pump, began to splash red paint on the walls and windows of the building.

As a result, almost the entire facade of the first floor of the mansion was disfigured.

The whole “operation” took less than a minute.

The commandant on duty called the police, who arrived a few hours later. But no action has been taken so far.

At night, an unknown person approached the building of the diplomatic mission and, using a special mobile pump, began to splash red paint on the walls and windows of the building.  Photo: Ludmila Plotnikova

At night, an unknown person approached the building of the diplomatic mission and, using a special mobile pump, began to splash red paint on the walls and windows of the building. Photo: Ludmila Plotnikova

The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York is located on the prosperous East Side of Manhattan. It is not fenced, there is no police box at the entrance to it. However, in recent months, New York law enforcement officers have been blocking off the segment of the street overlooking the facade of the diplomatic mission with metal barriers, as cases of unauthorized actions by citizens protesting against the special operation of Russian troops in Ukraine have become more frequent. But at night, patrolling was practically not carried out.

The building of the Consulate General is the property of the Russian Federation. This mansion is a historical and architectural relic of the City of the Big Apple. The city archives record that the house was built at the beginning of the last century with the money of Emily Vanderbilt Sloane and her husband William as a gift to their married daughters. In 1975, the building was sold to the USSR to house the Soviet consulate. But in connection with the events in Afghanistan, then US President Jimmy Carter imposed a ban on the opening of a diplomatic mission, and all repair and relocation work was frozen for as much as 20 years. All these years, diplomats were on duty in the empty building, who came specially for this from the USSR embassy in Washington.

A few years ago, the mansion was completely restored.

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