On 12 February 2021, the U.S. mission in Russia issued a Demonstration Alert that reads in part as follows: “Media sources indicate that on Sunday, February 14, demonstrators are planning to gather on Old Arbat in Moscow at 2 PM. The location of the demonstration may move, and streets may be closed in the surrounding area. There may be similar unauthorized demonstrations in other cities.

“U.S. citizens should avoid this demonstration and any related activities. Recent, unauthorized demonstrations have seen a heavy police presence and a large number of arrests.

“Given the possibility of crowds, you should be aware of guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which includes avoiding large crowds, distancing yourself from others, and wearing cloth face coverings in public settings.”