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The Secret History of the Russian Consulate in San Francisco
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The first thing you need to understand about the building that, until very recently, housed the Russian Consulate in San Francisco — a city where topography is destiny, where wealth and power concentrate, quite literally, at the top — is its sense of elevation. This is a neighborhood that radiates a type of wealth, power, and prestige that long predates the current wave of nouveau riche tech millionaires, or the wave before that, or the one before that. It is old and solid and comfortable with its privilege; its denizens know they have a right to rule. Indeed, from Pacific Heights, one can simultaneously gaze out on the city, the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge — and, beyond, the vast, frigid Pacific. I rushed to the consulate the day the closure announcement was made and watched the building sit impassively in the heat, while the media crews cooled off in the shade. A suspiciously large number of delivery vans were circling, and there was an unusual concentration of loiterers in their cars, on computers; in biking gear, across the street on an otherwise very quiet block. Pedestrians walked by, snapping photos on their iPhones. San Francisco, it was clear, was now embroiled in the increasingly feverish diplomatic confrontation between the two nuclear superpowers.
Madison Street Photo by Matt M. When the Russian Consulate in Seattle opened in the early s, it was a gesture of goodwill at a period when relations between the U. It unfolded in concert with the establishment of an American Consulate in Vladivostok, on the far eastern edge of Russia. The two Pacific Rim port cities had been largely closed off to diplomacy between the two countries, thanks in part to their proximity to sensitive landmarks, such as the Bangor Naval Base on the Kitsap Peninsula, said Carol Vipperman, who helped get the Seattle consulate off the ground. Jackson Foundation, which has devoted significant efforts to human rights and supporting Russian studies at the University of Washington. Now, with the closure of the consulate in Seattle ordered by the Trump administration, Vipperman fears the Vladivostok consulate will soon follow. Derek Norberg, president of the Council for U. The Trump administration said the consulate in Seattle was pegged for closure due to its proximity to Bangor as well as to Boeing.