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Consular Institutions (entry)

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CONSULAR INSTITUTIONS, or permanent governmental organs for foreign affairs, executed security and protection of economic and judicial interests of their country's citizens and legal bodies, the issuance of visas and passports, and acted as notaries. Until 1918, consular institutions operated at the diplomatic missions of their respective countries or in special locations (in 1809, French Consul General J.B. de Lessepes lived in a house belonging to the French embassy at Millionnaya Street; Consul General of Spain А. Colombi had his own house on Malaya Millionnaya Street). By the early 20th century, almost every embassy and mission had a consular section. In the 1920s, the Consulates General of Germany (41 Herzen Street), Estonia (59 Herzen Street), Finland (39 Ekateringofsky Avenue), Denmark (22 Devyatogo Yanvarya Embankment), and the Consulates of Italy (43 Herzen Street), Latvia (53 Herzen Street), Norway (7 Gogolya Street), Persia (27 Volodarskogo Avenue, then 79 Tchaikovskogo Street), Poland (14, Krasnogo Flota Embankment), Sweden (65 Krasnaya Street, then 64 Krasnogo Flota Embankment) were kept in the city. In 1938, all consular offices in Leningrad were closed. In 1967, a decision was taken to open the Consulates General of Finland and West Germany in Leningrad (the latter was abolished after Germany's union). Others opened in Leningrad include The Consulates General of Cuba, the USA and Japan in 1971; in 1972, those of Sweden, East Germany and Poland; in 1973, France and Czechoslovakia (since 1994 the Czech Republic); in 1974, Bulgaria; in 1977, Iran (abolished in 1979); in 1978, Hungary; in 1981, Mongolia (abolished in 1989); in 1986, China; in 1990, Italy; in 1992, Great Britain, Denmark, Estonia, the Netherlands, and the Republic of South Africa (abolished in 1996); in 1993, India, Norway, Canada, Latvia, and Lithuania; in 1996 , Greece; in 1997, Slovakia; in 1998, Ukraine; and in 2000, Armenia. Aside from those, in St. Petersburg there are the honorary Consulate General of Austria and Switzerland, the honorary General Consuls of The Republic of Korea and Thailand, the honorary consuls of Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Spain, Iceland, Luxembourg, and Philippines, the consulate service of the Georgian Embassy in the Russian Federation, the consulate department of the Israeli Embassy in the Russian Federation, and the St. Petersburg Department of the Byelorussian Republic Embassy in the Russian Federation. Consular institutions take part in cultural life of the city, and carry out work in their nations' communities.

N. L. Korsakova.

Colombi A.
Lessepes J. B. de

Angliiskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 64
Angliiskaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 14
Dvortsovaya Embankment/Saint Petersburg, city, house 22
Galernaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 65
Herzen St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 53
Herzen St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 41
Herzen St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 59
Herzen St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 43
Liteiny Ave/Saint Petersburg, city, house 27
Malaya Morskaya St./Saint Petersburg, city
Malaya Morskaya St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 7
Millionnaya St./Saint Petersburg, city
Rimsky-Korsakov Ave/Saint Petersburg, city, house 39
Tchaikovskogo St./Saint Petersburg, city, house 79