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Russia - Shipping Requirements

Requirements:

(1) Maximum Period Before Burial:

The maximum period before burial is one month. After the deadline, the remains are buried at the state's expense. As a rule, only major cities in the Moscow consular district have mortuary facilities.

(2) Embalming:

There are no requirements for embalming if the remains are to be buried locally. Embalming facilities exist in large cities in the consular district. It should be pointed out that preparation and air shipment of remains are carried out in accordance with the laws and facilities available in Russia, and, in most cases, the services fall short of those expected in the United States. It is always recommended that the hometown funeral director be requested to determine the advisability of viewing the remains.

(3) Cremation:

Cremation is permitted by national law with the consent of the decedent's relatives. There are four crematoria in Moscow. Many major Russian cities, such as Kazan, do not have crematoria.

(4) Caskets and Containers:

When remains are transported out of the country, the body should be appropriately prepared or cremated for shipment. It is then placed in a zinc coffin, or urn in case of cremation, which is then placed in a suitable transportation box.

Transport of human remains:

Remains: To export remains, the following documents are required by the Russian authorities:

· Official Death Certificate issued by the Russian Vital Records Office, acronym ZAGS;

· Certificate of Encasement (certifying that container is sealed and contains no extraneous objects);

· Medical Certificate from Forensic Bureau certifying absence of contagious diseases;

· Documents issued by the U.S. Consulate General in Moscow:

- Consular Mortuary Certificate;

- Affidavit of Mortician on Encasement;

Transport of cremated remains:

Ashes: To export cremated remains, the following documents are required by Russian authorities:

- Official Death Certificate issued by ZAGS ;

- Certificate of Cremation;

- Certificate of Encasement (certifying that the container is sealed and contains no extraneous objects)

 

Consulates: http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/fco/209862.htm#russia

Website: http://moscow.usembassy.gov/acs-disposition-of-remains.html