Serving a subpoena abroad
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You will not be successful suing a Russian citizen in this country, unless there is a basis for the court to exercise "jurisdiction" (authority) over that person. So for example, if the person owns a business in California, and the debt is related to that business, the California court can exercise jurisdiction. The complaint should provide facts to support the position that the court has jurisdiction over each defendant named in the complaint.
As for service of the complaint, you would need to locate a process server who is familiar with service of process on foreign corporations and individuals. Service of the summons would have to comply with rules of the country where the person is located.
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Is it complicated? Service in another country must be done in accordance with either treaty or the law of that country. There are services in the United States that specialize in the service of summons and complaint and foreign nations. There is a cost
Nor if you told us where that contract was entered what the basis of a claim in the United States would be.
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