Our mission

GlavUpDK: preserving architectural heritage of the capital

For more than a century, the Main Administration for Service to the Diplomatic Corps under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (GlavUpDK) has been carefully preserving the unique Moscow mansions that house the diplomatic corps and representative offices of international organizations.

In 1921, immediately after the establishment of the Central Foreigner Service Bureau, 38 Moscow mansions were transferred under the control of GlavUpDK, and in 1945 another 14 mansions were added, most of which are still used to accommodate foreign embassies.

Today, GlavUpDK under the MFA of Russia manages more than 130 architectural monuments: masterpieces by Fyodor Schechtel, Lev Kekushev, William Walcot, magnificent examples of Russian Revival, Neoclassicism, Gothic Revival, Eclecticism, Art Nouveau.

GlavUpDK under the MFA of Russia safeguards invaluable historical and cultural heritage sites while providing foreign diplomats with living and working conditions as befit their high status in Russia. The buildings are managed, operated and restored in strict compliance with Russian cultural heritage protection laws.

The work of GlavUpDK under the MFA of Russia on the preservation of cultural heritage sites is highly appreciated by the professional community, Moscow residents and architecture lovers. GlavUpDK won the Moscow Government’s Moscow Restoration award several times.