The history of the official representation of the Russian Federation on the territory of of its consular district.


The history of the official Russian representation office on the territory of modern consular district begins on February 14, 1852 - the date of signature of the Russian Emperor highest decree appointing businessman William Stuart Montgomery as a Vice Consul in San Francisco. This decision based on the increased activity of the Russian-American Company in California.


On October 3, 1853 the official representative of Russia in the region Andrey E. Glass became State Councillor, appointed as a Consul General in Honolulu. He was in charge of the Russian-American Company activity and Russian business in San Francisco.


On December 28, 1853. Peter Kostromitinov has been appointed as a Russian representative in California and Hawaii, and became the first “liberated” Vice Consul.


After Peter Kostromitinov left his post Martin F. Klinkovstrem became Russian Vice Consul in San Francisco. He took the post from 1862 to 1875.


After Martin F. Klinkovstrem Gustav Nyubaum, the owner of the "Alaska Merchants" company (which was organized after the closure of "Russian-American Fur Company"), became an official representative of Russia in the region.


The last Consul General of the Russian Empire was a career diplomat Artemy Markovic Vyvodtsev. A.Vyvodtsev took this post from  April 6, 1915 until the February Revolution.



A.Vyvodtsev, Consul General of the Russian Empire in San Francisco


For long-term successful diplomacy A.Vyvodtsev was awarded by the Order of St. Anne's second degree, St. Vladimir of the fourth degree, the Montenegrin Order of Prince Danilo I of the third degree, Order of the Romanian crown cavalry cross.


After the revolution A.Vyvodtsev resigned and returned to Russia, where he served as a diplomatic representative of the Government of Omsk and Vladivostok. At the end of the Civil War A.Vyvodtsev  arrived once again to San Francisco.


Along with providing consular services A. Vyvodtsev was actively involved in community work. He was the first (20 October 1925) and honorary (May 11, 1926) Chairman of the Joint Committee of the Russian national organizations in San Francisco.


Russian diplomat died in 1946 and was buried in the Serbian cemetery in Colma, California.


In his obituary, published by the "Russian Life" newspaper it was noted: "Artem Markovich did not take American citizenship, saying that he wanted to die as Russian citizen. With a brilliant mind and memory, Artem Markovich was interesting person to talk with and a sort of living encyclopedia ... ".


In 1926 - 1933 along with A. Vyvodtsev another Russian consular agent in San Francisco on a voluntary basis was Arthur Carl von Yul'evich Landesen (December 25, 1874, Kronshtadt - May 11, 1935, San Francisco).


First Consul General of the Soviet Union in San Francisco was the Moses G. Galkovich (1902-1937).


In 1942 - 1944 Consulate General was headed by Lomakin, Jacob Myronovych (1904-1958).


Prior to his diplomatic post Jacob Lomakin worked at the bureau of TASS news agency in New York (1939-1941). In 1941-1942 he was Vice Consul of the Soviet Consulate General in New York. In August 1948 the Consulates General in San Francisco and New York were closed due to the worsen relations between the USSR and the USA.


History of the official representation building

The building of the Russian representation under G.Nyubaum first was located at  411 California Street and then  418 California Street.


Due to lack of funds for maintenance of the Russian Consulate General in San Francisco, was closed in November 1924. In this regard, A. Vyvodtsev made the following statement: "At this point, I consider it as my duty to bring to the memory of our fellow citizens, that I recently headed still the Consulate General in San Francisco, and although in the era of the seizure of power left the post, but still retained informally the friendships with foreign consuls, colleagues, and it gives me an opportunity to offer my services through the Italian-American Bank, a special Russian department for all those who are in need of different certificates, advice, directions, possible assistance, translations and legal advice. Come to me like children to their father in all cases of doubt and perplexity, and I’ll give you all my experience gained during 45 years of consular services in almost all countries of the world as the true representative of Russia". (published November 21, 1924 in "Russian life" newspaper).


In 1933 the diplomatic relations have been established between the USSR and the United States. In April 1934 the Consulate General of the Soviet Union in San Francisco began its work. It was located at 2563 Divisadero Street, which has not been preserved to date.


On June 1, 1964 the Soviet-American Consular Convention (entered into force on  July 13, 1968), was signed, which regulated the opening and operation of the consular institutions of the two countries and provided a legal basis to open offices in San Francisco and Leningrad.


Consulate General of the USSR and then Russia at 2790 Green Street.


Consulate General of the USSR began its work with the arrival in San Francisco of the Consul General Alexander Ivanovich Zinchuk in 1971, but was officially opened in its current building at 2790 Green Street only two years later.


In February 2013 Sergey Petrov was appointed as Consul General of Russia in San Francisco.


The Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco is a state body of external relations of  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. The consular district of the Consulate includes the following states: Arizona, Hawaii, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah.