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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Again bombed Voronezh”: the U.S. Embassy does not reduce the diplomats, and the Russians

The online site BuzzFeed noted a new sensational news. Journalists became available declassified document of the office of the inspector General of the U.S. Department of state. According to this document, the vast majority of staff of the us diplomatic mission in Russia, it is not US citizens, and the Russians. Recruited within the country professionals working in the office, builders in other positions. Due to retaliatory measures, the Russian foreign Ministry, according to which the Americans have to cut staff to 455 people laid off will be the Russians.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

In the material edition, in particular, it is the opinion of former foreign service officer John Herbst, who is currently involved in the North Atlantic Council. He said the U.S. Embassy in Moscow include a large number of office employees and construction workers who are citizens of the Russian Federation.

Herbst at the same time hinted: “in fact, only a small number of real diplomats have to leave the mission.”

The publication cites a document from the US state Department on the staff of the Embassy of the USA in Russia in 2013.

“In the service of the mission are 1279 employees, including 301 U.S. citizen, working under direct hire, and 934 staff member hired within the country”, – reads data from this declassified document.

It turns out that the Embassy, following the decision of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation on the reduction of 755 people, to equalize the number of employees up to 455 people, as in Russia in the United States, have in the first place to reduce technical and administrative staff. This is mainly Russians, who will have to look for another job.

Some Russian bloggers commenting on the news, it has become conventional wisdom used the expression “bomb Again Voronezh”, in the sense that it imposed against Americans ‘ actions actually hurt the ordinary citizens of Russia.

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