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  • DA Russia Annual Meeting, Tuesday, June 29 on Zoom

    The National Election Committee (NEC) of Democrats Abroad Russia (DA Russia) would like to announce the nominations for the Executive Committee of DA Russia. Voting is open now.


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  • published How to donate to the Biden campaign from abroad in News 2020-05-25 06:05:08 -0400

    How to donate to the Biden campaign from abroad

    If you would like to contribute to the Biden campaign and help take back the White House, please do so here:  After it walks you through a security page and you read the campaign rules for donations, click on Joe Biden’s logo and it takes you to the page to donate.  Note:  You must be a US citizen to donate.   


  • published DA Russia Annual Meeting June 25 on Zoom in News 2020-05-24 13:51:21 -0400

    DA Russia Annual Meeting June 25 on Zoom

    Democrats Abroad Russia’s Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 20:00. Register  for this meeting:


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  • You Can Vote in Moscow in Person in the Global Presidential Primary

    It’s coming: The Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary!

    In the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary, you and thousands of expats like you can help choose the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States! You can vote in person or remotely, but if you are in Moscow don’t miss the fun of voting in person!
    Every vote counts!

    To vote in person: Join us in Moscow on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 anytime from 4pm until 8pm at Starlight Diner at Oktyabraskaya Metro. Preferably bring your U.S. passport, to verify that you are a US citizen; but if you don’t have your U.S. passport available, be ready to certify that you are a US citizen. RSVP here .

    To vote remotely: Make sure you are a member of Democrats Abroad before February 18, make sure you have not opted out of emails, and look for your primary ballot in your email inbox on February 18, 2020. You then have to vote that ballot by email by March 10 or by snail mail, provided it is received by Democrats Abroad by March 11. If you don't receive your ballot by email, you can download it from the Democrats Abroad website.

    Please inform your American Democratic friends and colleagues about this upcoming chance to vote for the Democratic nominee!

    Some Frequently Asked Questions:

    Who is eligible to participate in the Global Presidential Primary?

    • You must be a U.S. citizen
    • You must be a member of Democrats Abroad
    • You must be at least 18 years old or turning 18 years old by November 3, 2020
    • You must not have voted, or plan to vote, in your 2020 state presidential primary

    What if I’m not a member of Democrats Abroad?
    You can sign up today at, or come in person to the Moscow primary and we can help you sign up on the spot for Democrats Abroad Russia chapter before you cast your ballot. (Make sure you know your Russian address and phone number to sign up on the spot.)

    Who’s running in the Global Presidential Primary?
    The following candidates have registered to be considered in the Global Presidential Primary: Michael Bennett, Joe Biden, Michael Bloomburg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang. If you don’t see your favored candidate running here, then that’s a time when you might want to check your state’s primary and if your person is running there, then vote in your state instead.

    The why should I participate in the Democrats Abroad Global Presidential Primary instead of voting in my state’s presidential primary?
    While tens of thousands of people will participate in the Global Presidential Primary, millions will vote in your home state. That means that, as an individual, your primary vote with Democrats Abroad is more powerful than if you were to vote in your state. Plus, as Americans living abroad, we tend to have similar political concerns—such as the candidate’s positions in international relations for example. Thus, your favored candidate is more likely to win than if you vote in your state where political interests are likely to be more diverse. Besides, if you can vote in person in Moscow, it’s a chance to grab dinner out, to socialize with other Democrats in Moscow, and to teach your kids about the American electoral process.

    What if I’m just visiting Russia but am a member of another Democrats Abroad Country Committee?
    To vote in person in Moscow you must be a member of the Russia chapter, meaning you have to reside primarily in Russia. So if you are a member of Democrats Abroad residing in another country, unfortunately you have to vote in the primary in that country, or vote the remote ballot you receive from Democrats Abroad on February 18. You are welcome, however, to come to the primary in Moscow to socialize and meet other American Democrats.

    Can I vote in the Global Presidential Primary and also in my state’s primary?
    Yes and No. You can only vote for the Democratic presidential candidate once. That means that if you vote in the Global Presidential Primary but also want to vote in your state for the other races (such as for your congressperson) you can do so, but you must skip the presidential question on your state’s ballot.

    I have already requested received my overseas absentee primary ballots for this year from my state. Can I still vote in the Global Presidential Primary?
    Yes, as long as you haven’t cast your vote for President on your ballot from your state.

    I have more questions about the Global Presidential Primary.

    I have more questions about voting generally.
    Please email [email protected]

    I have more questions about the in-person Global Presidential Primary in Moscow.
    Please email [email protected].

    Thanks for your attention!


  • published New 2019 Executive Board in News 2019-06-05 08:53:54 -0400

    New 2019 Executive Board

    DA Russia is happy to announce the results of our board election:

    Chair: Guy Archer

    Vice-Chair: Carolyn Wieland

    Secretary: Marian Dent

    Treasurer: Paul Ovsepian

    Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova

    We are an enthusiastic board and looking forward to an active year ahead as we try to keep you informed on the issues and help ensure that Democrats keep the house, and take back the Senate and the Presidency!

  • Vote on Line for the New DA Russia Board or Attend the General Meeting to Vote.

    Upcoming Annual General Meeting

    The AGM will be held, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4 at 19:30, to elect people to the Executive Council of DA Russia and discuss current events.  This meeting is open to registered members of Democrats Abroad Russia.  You should have received an email with the location.

    If you attend the AGM, you will be able to vote in person. However, if you cannot attend, you can vote via Survey Monkey up to one hour before the start of the AGM at the following link:

    Nominations to Executive Council

    The following persons have been nominated for the following offices, and we will be voting on their election:

    Chairperson: Guy Archer

    Vice-chairperson: Carolyn Wieland

    Secretary: Marian Dent

    Counsel: Amy Kouznetsova

    There will also be an opportunity to write-in candidates for the above offices and for Treasurer.


  • published New Russia Executive Committee in News 2017-05-06 08:19:06 -0400

    New Russia Executive Committee

    We are happy to the announce the results of the 2017 DA Russia Executive Committee elections.  Effective immediately, the Executive Committee is

    Chair: Josh Tulgan

    Vice Chair: Carolyn Wieland

    Treasurer: Hitoshi Hirano

    Secretary: Marian Dent

    Counsel: Amy Kouznetsov

    Speaking for the EC, we look forward to working with you over the coming two years, and encourage you to become an active participant in Democrats Abroad Russia.

    We would also like to welcome members from outside of Moscow to talk to us about the possibility of forming local groups, and anyone who would like to get more involved to contact us and let us know.  

  • published Protest Health Care Reform in News 2017-05-06 07:52:52 -0400

    Protest Health Care Reform


    The House just narrowly passed the Trump health bill, the first step towards repealing the Affordable Care Act. This is a seriously flawed bill that allows health insurers to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, cuts Medicaid funding drastically, and will seriously increase premiums for retirees. For citizens living abroad this is a serious blow, since many of us do not have current U.S. health care policies, and many of us would want to return home if we should become seriously ill. This will make it harder, if not impossible, for many of us to get coverage when returning to the U.S. All Democrats and 20 Republicans voted against the bill, which will now go to the Senate.

    AARP, which has been a leader in opposing the repeal has just published a link (here and also pasted below) where you can type in your U.S. address (including 9 digit zip code) and it will take you to a form that pulls up the name of your House member, show how he/she voted, and if he/she voted for repeal gives you a form with draft letter to click on to tell them that you disapprove of their vote. If you aren’t an AARP member you will need to edit the letter a bit but can still use their platform to send a letter letting your House member know that you don't approve.

    Thank you for your attention,
    Marian Dent, Secretary DA Russia


  • Reminder: Foreign Bank Account Reporting Deadline is April 15

    Democrats Abroad FATCA/FBAR reporting team just published their newest report, available here 

    Part of this report states "Americans with accounts in foreign financial institutions with a total balance across all accounts at any point during the year of $US10,000 or more need to file a FBAR (Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts Report) Form 114.  This year, for the first time, the form is due for submission on 15 April, as opposed to 30 June as it has been in the past."  

    "The form is filed with Treasury, rather than the IRS, with FinCen - the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.  (To say that it disturbs Americans abroad that we need to make this voluntary disclosure to the section of the US Treasury set up to investigate and apprehend perpetrators of financial crimes would be the understatement of the decade.  But I digress.)  The form is filed electronically using the BSA E-filing system, a change mandated back in 2014 (though it can be prepared online or offline and uploaded)."