February 01, 1996

Relax but be vigilant: Safety in Russia



One of the biggest obstacles to tourism in Russia today is the widely held perception, fueled almost daily by the Western media, that it is a dangerous place to be. True, urban street crime levels have skyrocketed since the fall of the Soviet Union, but they have skyrocketed from a level of practically zero and still remain well below levels in corresponding North American cities.

 

If you are thinking of a trip to Russia, fear for your safety should not hold you back. Still, you should be prepared. In general, the rules to follow are the same as for any city in the world. But as always, Russia has its peculiarities. Below is some advice compiled from the book, Russia Survival Guide, and veteran Russia travelers:


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