Working closely with related sections of the Embassy in Moscow, the Consulate's Political/Economic Section is responsible for monitoring political, economic, environmental, energy, health, and intellectual property rights issues in Northwest Russia. The Section maintains relations with governmental, non-governmental, and business entities in Northwest Russia in order to better understand – and interpret for Washington and Embassy Moscow – those regional issues that impact U.S. policy and U.S.-Russian relations. The Political/Economic officer also explains aspects of U.S. policy to Russian audiences around the region and assists the Consul General in meetings with senior regional political and economic policymakers.
Some of the topics that the Section closely follows are: regional economic priorities, opportunities for U.S. investment, city and provincial elections and political developments, religious freedom, xenophobia, environmental problems in the Baltic Sea and Arctic, and cross-border issues (the consular district includes Russia’s borders with Norway, Finland, the Baltic states etc.).