Is Russia a Safe or Dangerous Country?Russia is a country with a high overall crime rate. It’s on the 59th place in the world. The number of crimes against foreigners increased by 17.5% from 2014. Nevertheless, the touristic areas are generally crimeless, so there is no need to panic or cancel your vacation. Pay attention to your belongings and try to avoid the places that will be detailed further in the article. Mostly common dangers for foreigners in Russia are thefts, robberies, and scams. The top regions to avoid in Russia are Rostov-on-Don (because of the proximity to the conflict areas in Ukraine) and North Caucasus (because of the proximity to Georgia and a constantly vulnerable situation with possible terrorist attacks). y visited than Moscow with its unbelievable architecture and worldwide known “Peterhof Grand Palace”. Russia is ranked 114th out of 162 on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
Despite the high criminal level in the early stages of the Russian’s history, taking place immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when organized crime controlled more than 40.000 economic organizations, including governmental organizations. The state of current affairs has significantly changed. Today visiting Moscow, St. Petersburg or any other city in the rest part of the country (except some spots) is safe as in any other big capital in the rest of the world; although it’s worth following some basic safety rules. If you thinking to travel to the regions close to the Ukraine border, this is not recommended, because of the high level of risk and unstable situation in the region of Donetsk, Lugansk, and Kharkov.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH
Pick-pocketing is common. Very often committed by groups of children. Pay attention to your belongings all the time.
MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM
Usually, travelers can be robbed or kidnapped while drinking in nightclubs or bars, after accepting the proposals of free food, drinks, or transportation from strangers. Don’t leave your food or beverages unintended. Kidnapping for political reasons is possible in the North Caucasus. At one time the tourists have been attacked.
SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM
Foreigners are usually scammed via dating websites. Once the relationship develops, the target is asked by their friend or prospective partner to transfer money to make the travel to the country of the victim’s origin possible. When the money has been obtained the relationship is usually terminated. On the streets be careful and avoid playing in different gambling games, as they always organized with malice prepense.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
Theft all public transport is common. The most vulnerable areas for small crime include underground walkways “perekhods”. Beware of an unlicensed taxi and try to use only official services like Yandex Taxi, Uber or Gett taxi. You won’t only save your expenses on a trip, but also save your stuff and money from being stolen. Please, take into account that kidnapping has been taken place in the past.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
Some blizzards possible during winter time, that can affect the traffic and delay the flights. So, be sure that your visa won’t expire and you possess enough money in order to prolong your stay in the country. In some very remote areas near the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan, earthquakes are possible.
TERRORISM RISK : HIGH
There is a current threat of terrorism in Russia. The terrorist attack has recently occurred in St. Petersburg. Think twice if you have an intention to visit the North of Caucasus, notably the regions of Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, the south-east part of Stavropol bordering Chechnya, Gabardine-Balkaria (including the Mount Elbrus area), and Karachay-Cherkessia, because of the specificity of the region, which is considered to be the most problematic in the whole Russia and has high terrorism activity, caused by recent military intervention in Syria).
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Despite the calm situation, Safe around recommend avoiding communication with Caucasians as well as any proposals to give a ride for free.