Effective May 12, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow will reduce consular services. It will cease to process non-immigrant visas (like F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor) for non-diplomatic travel. This means you will not be able to apply for a student visa in Russia.
We do not know how long this will last, but we are concerned about the impact it is having on students and scholars from Russia. We are working in collaboration with a number of higher education associations, and our government relations officials, in an effort to encourage the resumption of non-immigrant visa processing as soon as possible.
Students and scholars may be able to seek visa appointments as third country nationals in other locations. You would need to determine eligibility and processes for this with an Embassy or Consulate.