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1,200 U.S. Diplomats In Russia vs. 445 Russian Diplomats In USA.

by Anura Guruge

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It took me a while, after I did my last post on the U.S. diplomats being expelled from Russia, to get some meaningful numbers as to the US diplomatic presence in Russia and vice versa.

The U.S.A. has a total of 1,200 ‘diplomats’ (including support staff) in their ‘mission’ in Russia.

Russia on the other hand has 445 ‘diplomats’ in their ‘mission’ to the US.

That is where Putin’s 755 number, for expulsion, comes in.

1,200 – 755 = 445.

He wants to balance the playing field. Kind of makes sense.

The question this BEGS is why don’t the Russians have more ‘diplomats’ in the US IF they permit 2.6x more in their country. It could actually be COST. Diplomats are expensive commodities — and I speak as the son of a career diplomat.

So, I thought this would help.

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by Anura Guruge

How Many Diplomats Does The U.S. Have In Russia, IF Putin Can Expel 755?

by Anura Guruge

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I am not sure about you, but I was flabbergasted when I read that Putin is threatening to expel 775 ‘diplomats’ out of Russia if the US goes ahead with its latest bill on sanctions.

IF Putin can expel 775 it has to mean that there are hundreds more that are not getting expelled since obviously he wants to maintain some US diplomatic presence in Russia.

775 just seems like a LOT when Obama only booted out 35 – 40 last December for their interference in the 2016 elections.

Big difference between 40 and 775.

For obvious security reasons it appears difficult to find numbers for the exact diplomatic presence in a given country. But, it is being claimed that there are around 1,250 U.S. diplomats and support staff in Russia. Wow. That seems like a lot. There is, as I show in the map above (which I created for you), one embassy and three consulates in Russia. Yes, it is possible that the Moscow embassy has 350-400 U.S. personnel, possibly more. That is without any local help they might hire as drivers, cleaners etc. though in the case of Russia there may be concerns about hiring any local help.

See July 31, 2017 UPDATE on numbers, on each side, here (click).

Just a sobering thought. 1,250 Americans, on government business, in Russia.

That begs the question as to how many Russian government employees are in the U.S. In addition to the Russian Embassy in D.C there are three consulates: in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.  So they mirror the U.S. set-up in Russia. Does this mean that there are ~1,250 Russian ‘diplomats’ in the U.S.? WOW.

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My “Cousin” Upali With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau During His Visit To D.C. On February 13, 2017.

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OK, just for the record he is not my real cousin though he is definitely considered very much family. He has been in the family for over 35 years, ever since he was 12. He lived with my parents for a long time.

He has worked in D.C. Embassies since 1992 — starting when my father was the Sri Lankan Ambassador to D.C.

He now works for the Canadian Embassy (and loves it).

This picture was taken Monday afternoon at the Canadian Embassy and includes some of the support staff.

It, as proclaimed by the seal at the bottom, is an official, ‘Office of the Prime Minister’ photograph. So, I think it is very much public domain — though Upali sent it to me and said it was ‘OK’ to post. I blurred out the other faces out of a surfeit of caution — given today’s sad climate.

Just thought it would be cool to share.

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Pope Francis’ September 2015 Visit To Philadelphia — Volunteers Have To Be U.S. Citizens.

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* Visits by popes to the U.S.
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† Appointment of Juan Barros in Chile.
Francis does NOT shelter the homeless!
† Weak Francis chokes re. Keith O’Brien.
† Keith O’Brien benighted title Ss. Gioacchino …
† Keith O’Brien resignation as cardinal

Francis says the darnest things 
Francis airport -> Colombo
† Topless protests
† Arrival ceremony
Pope on the way to Sri Lanka

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Click to access ABC News coverage.

Yes, of course, I appreciate that this “U.S. Citizen” criteria is meant to be a ‘first-cut’ security precaution. And that is exactly why I think it is incongruous and inexplicable.

While just about everybody would agree that you would not want undocumented aliens trying to volunteer, are YOU really trying to tell me, that in 2015, the appropriate U.S. agencies have less documentation on legal, i.e., documented, residents than on born-in-the-U.S. citizens? I would contend that they have more ‘dirt’ on the documented aliens than those that were just born here. think about it. Just the process of ‘documenting’ means that information was collected.

So that is my first point. Just saying “U.S. Citizens” rather than “U.S. Citizens, registered permanent residents and documented aliens” just does not make sense — and would appear to unjustly discriminate against many GOOD Catholics from Mexico, Cuba, Ireland, France, Italy, Philippines and Latin American countries.

2nd point. Just being a “U.S. Citizen” should NOT be an adequate security criteria when it comes to the pope’s visit. If anything it is a totally meaningless criterion!

At a MINIMUM insist that “All volunteers must be Catholic U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old”. Yes, some might argue that that falls into religious discrimination. I am not sure. A Catholic is likely to have more scruples about doing harm to the pope — though even that is NOT a guarantee. Plus, how do you establish oneself as Catholic. SIMPLE. The same measure that Catholics use for everything else. A letter of commendation from YOUR Catholic diocese that YOU are a member in good standing. Simple. That this is not been insisted upon is a travesty.


Security is a major concern. They are already raising the fence around the Vatican Embassy in D.C. where the pope is likely to spend at least one night.

Security IS the REASON that the details of the pope’s visit is being kept vague by the U.S. authorities and the Vatican. They do not want to disclose anything, definitely not the exact dates, times and places. They will wait until the last possible minute. Understandable.

Just a heads up.