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Russia (Russian Federation) Mailing Address Formats and Other International Mailing Information

for mailing letters or packages to or from Russia,
such as postal rates to (or from) Russia, finding Russia addresses, etc.

When mailing an envelope or postcard, leave at least the bottom 16 millimeters (5/8 inch) blank on both front and back. (The postal service's reading and sorting machines might need this space to print bar codes on your mail.)

Address Format Information

In general, mail to a Russian address from foreign countries such as the United States may have the recipient address components written in the following order. (from Russian Post website, but edited for mailing from outside Russia)
  • Name of addressee (for citizens-surname, name, patronymic )
  • Name of the street, number of the house and flat
  • Name of the settlement (town, village and other)
  • Name of the district
  • Name of the republic, territory, region, autonomous district(region)
  • Postcode
  • Name of the country (for international items)

Russian Post: "How to write address correctly"
  • Explains internal Russian mailing address formats.

Russian postal address information document at the UPU website
  • Warning: addresses are in format for mailing from inside Russia.
  • Some useful terms and abbreviations.
    Ulica(ul.) : street
    Pereulok.: lane
    Bulvar : boulevard
    Prospekt. : avenue
    Gorod (g.).: town / city
    Posclok (pos.).:small town
    Derevnya (der.).: village
    Dom (d.).: house
    Korpus (k.).: building
    Kvartira (kv.).: appartment
    Raion (r-n).: district
    Oblast (obl.).: province

Art Lebedev comments on local variant formats in "Housekeeping tip".
"Zelenograd, Moscow...has just building numbers, like bldg. 1001A, instead of full street addresses. The first two digits represent the district (number 10)."

Address Format Examples

UPU Example Addresses edited and annotated by us for clarity & correctness when mailing from the United States:

Example with addressee in a large town or city:
   Ivanov Alexander Ivanovitch        recipient (family name first)
   ul. Lesnaya d. 5, kv. 176          'ul.'(abbreviation for street) + street name + 'd.(doma=house) + house number, 'apt.' + apartment number  
   g. MOSKVA                          town/city
   123456                             postal code
   RUSSIAN FEDERATION                 country name
Example with addressee in a more rural area:
   Petrov Ivan Sergeevich             recipient (family name first)
   ul. Lesnaya d. 5                   'ul.'(abbreviation for street) + street name + 'd.(doma=house) + house number  
   pos. Lesnoe                        locality
   ALEKSCEVSKTY r-n                   district
   VORONEJSKAYA obl                   province (oblast)
   247112                             postal code
   RUSSIAN FEDERATION                 country name

Postal Rates to or from Russia

Postage calculators and tables showing how much postage you need to mail or ship to and/or from Russia are at the International Postal Rates Page.

Finding Out Addresses (such as addresses in Russia / Russia address search)

See Finding An International Address / Address Search.

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