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    Moscow crime statistics for 2004

    by MrBill Written Dec 30, 2004

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    In February 2004 my own apartment in Moscow was broken into and my money, computer, watch, DVDs, Swiss army knife, and luggage were stolen. In total about $5000 worth of stuff. Not a bad haul from the theives which were consumate professionals and went through 4-locked doors to reach my apartment. I am one of these statistics below, but as you read the list, it might have been worse.

    City Crime Statistics

    Jan. 1 - Dec. 28*

    Crime: Total - Solved

    Murder: 782 - 431

    Assault: 1,416 - 911

    Robbery: 13,394 - 4,611

    Rape: 327 - 243

    Theft (total): 47,449 - 12,631

    Apartment burglaries: 11,072 - 860

    Car theft: 9,947 - 250

    *Statistics for September were not available because the police's chief directorate is still collecting numbers from several precincts for that month. Compiled figures for car accidents, suicides, missing persons and discovered bodies were also unavailable.

    Source: Moscow police

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    Don't take the airport taxi's

    by smschley Written Jul 17, 2004

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    I was warned ahead of time about taxing the taxis that await outside the airport. For those of us used to going to any city and just jumping in this was a bit different. There are storieds of tourist jumping in a taxi and not being seen again. The better solution is to arrange your transportation ahead of time or by picking one of the services located in the airport., and by this I don't mean the drivers meeting you at the bag area but one of the stalls located in the airport. I found http://www.gotorussia.com to have lots of good info,

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    Beware of the bathrooms

    by smschley Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    For us Americans, the site of some of the bathrooms is a bit disconcerting. While most restaurants have good facilities, the more public areas have rooms that would make even most car gas stations look like something out of Better homes and Gardens. The first time one sees the squat style is a memory that is hard to loose. Also, it is very common to have an older lady in the main room selling toilet paper which makes using the rooms even more exciting since most don't have any doors

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    Moscow weather -winter

    by kris-t Updated Jan 8, 2011

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    Last few years Moscow's winters were more as european than as russian but sometimes weather remains you where you are :) This winter (2010-2011) present us some really cold weeks till -32 C (-22F) and icy rains and we got some problems with that - transport, electricity etc.

    But nature is especially beautiful in winter time... After al winter is a wonderful time for touring Russia. It will give you the opportunity to feel the beauty of Russian winter.

    And... In winter like that you can easy understand why fur-caps and fur-coats are so popular in Russia.

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    Private Accommodation in Moscow

    by kooshka Updated Apr 15, 2005

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    To find private accommodation in Moscow over the WEB is easy, but beware who you contact. Many places are not exactly what they say they are.
    Places like:
    http://www.russianguide.20m.com or,
    http://www.nomorehotels.com/pages/47508.htm by the SAME old "Marina Barrett", are just tourist traps and you can be sure they'll rip-you-off.
    Deposits asked for as many days as they want money of; deposits that are NEVER refunded if you need to cancel, or, deposits that were never given to the owner of the booked place, and that you will have to pay the full rate if you want a place to stay, just to mention a few, are examples of what you'll get through these websites.

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    In the wrong place, at the wrong time

    by MrBill Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    Yesterday, I flew back to Moscow from Cyprus. It was +20 degrees and sunny, and I landed in Moscow and it was -5 and snowy. When we landed security was tight, and we learnt that some extremists had blown themselves up along with six other innocents. What should I tell you about this in the correct context?

    I live in Moscow now and I like it. My friends from Holland are arriving tonight and spending 5-days with me. I do not hesitate to reccommend to friends or family to visit me at anytime because let's face it, there are many dangerous places in the world. Unfortunately, sometimes Moscow is no exception, in that one can simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I do not really think about it. Afterall, I lived in London when the IRA blew up Canary Wharf, and that does not stop me from visiting there, again.

    I wished we lived in a better world, but in the meantime, take precautions, but don't dwell on it. Otherwise, there are many places you will not experience, and in the end you may die in your bed, but is that better?

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    Toothache

    by kris-t Updated Jan 8, 2011

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    If you need help go to "Zdorovoe pokolenie" (Lesteva st, metro Shabolovskaya). The best service for whole family (better than in Canada) with a reasonable price.

    High quality materials only - you'll never get amalgam there.

    Any doctor there (Pugacheva, Borcova etc) is good but we recommend Aref'eva Tatyana.

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    First we drink Vodka, then we have Party!

    by MrBill Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Deadly Vodka Contest

    A vodka-drinking competition in the southern town of Volgodonsk ended in tragedy with the winner dead and several runners-up in intensive care.

    The competition lasted 30, perhaps 40 minutes and the winner downed three half-liter bottles. He was taken home by taxi but died within 20 minutes. According to the papers.

    Five other contestants ended up in intensive care. Those not in the hospital turned up the next day, ostensibly for another drink. However, some participants came back for a little of the hair of the dog the next day.

    The director of the shop organizing the contest has been charged with manslaughter. He had offered 10 liters of vodka to the competitor drinking the most in the shortest time.

    TIP - when in Russia, you will be invited to drink vodka toasts. It would be impolite to decline. However, do not mix drinks, if you can avoid it. If you are drinking vodka, follow the Russian tradition and eat a lot of food, followed by a neat drink of vodka. When in doubt have one drink and then switch to something softer. It is a mistake to try to outdrink a Russian. Some of them cannot be. And, as a lesson, remember the news story above. Nostrovia!

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    Bolshoi Tickets

    by Canadienne Written Oct 17, 2003

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    Booking Bolshoi tickets online (website below) is easy ~ it's the pick-up process that needs some improvement.

    What the ticket receipt does not state, nor could anyone working at the theatre tell me, is that the pick-up window is not at the theatre itself. I inquired with the ticket office, the on-site manager, a security guard. . .no one was able to direct me to the right spot. I was directed to the "Metro Kassa," which I understood to mean a ticket office in the metro station. I quickly realized I had misunderstood, asked a newsstand woman (in Russian) for help, and was led outside again, around the corner and to the building I needed (pictured here for your reference). :-)

    We just barely made it to our seats in time. Warning: go early. No matter how easy you think it will be, go early.

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    Black widows

    by kris-t Updated Jun 7, 2006

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    As with many cities in the world, international terrorism is a threat in Moscow. On February 6, 2004 a bomb explosion in a subway car near the Avtozavodskaya metro station killed at least 40 and injured many.
    Other prominent acts of terror include the destruction of two apartment buildings in September 1999 (see Russian Apartment Bombings), an explosion in the pedestrian subway under the Pushkinskaya square in August 2000, and the capture of the theatre at Dubrovka in October 2002.

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    stray cat strut

    by MrBill Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    That cute little kitten you see on the street may not be very clean. That friendly dog looking for a few hand-outs with his big, begging eyes may be more than hungry. As compelling as showing a little compassion may be, lot's of street animals, left to fend for themselves, can be dirty or worse carrying fleas or other diseases.

    In the worst case, some of these animals have come into direct contact with wild foxes who might be transmitting rabies, espeically in out-lying areas or near parks & riverbanks where wild dogs, cats, rats & foxes may cohabitate.

    Authorities report up to 40.000 stray dogs in the Moscow area alone and they in turn come into contact with other domestic animals and hence their owners or passerbies, too.

    At the very least, unclean dogs & cats may simply be dirty. I had a severe allergic reaction the other day to a kitten I was petting. Although it has a home, he plays on the street and comes into contact with other cats, and I reacted very strongly to his cat dander most likely? In any case, my eye was completely swollen shut the next day and I needed to take anti-histamines for several days until the swelling went down. Now, I am much more careful.

    What to do? If you must, leave food out for that stray you feel so sorry for. However, this will more than likely encourage her to have more offspring that will also live on the streets. It is perhaps better to make a donation to the local SPCA for the sterilization of stray animals. This is very expensive for local authorities to carry out, but much more humane than gathering them up and having them put down.

    Please find below the links for some humane societies which have programs operating in Russia.

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    Passport control at the airport

    by Dabs Written Sep 11, 2003

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    We did not experience any significant delays getting through passport control but the rest of our group who came in later said that their wait was quite long. It must depend on how quickly you get off the plane and how many planes arrive at the same time as yours.

    There are only a few booths at the Moscow airport and the time to process one person seemed to be around 2-3 mintues.

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    Rush hour in the metro etc.

    by yumyum Written Mar 13, 2006

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    During rush hour in the metro, some people may experience claustrophobia. Not only will you be squashed in the hot carriage with not enough air but also changing lines can be a big problem as huge crowds are sometimes moving in snail speed along the corridors and you just have to go with the stream. There is no way to break out. Keep fingers crossed that no panic ever occurs.

    Another thing which may be difficult for the elderly or people with walking difficulties are the ultra fast escalators. Often there is lots of shoving and pushing. Make sure, you get to stand on the right side and always leave an empty step between the person in front of you and yourself, you need that space when getting off.

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    Whores and pimps.

    by gussymons Updated Jul 1, 2003

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    Me and a bunch of guys and gals from the hostel went to the Hungry Duck clubbing. At about 4am most people went home but one English guy stayed on. We were all hammered, but he was on a mission. It turns out that he left the club around closing time (6am) and was approached by a guy who wanted him to meet his two lady 'friends'.

    Alarm bells are ringing at this point, but he actually got into the car with these two whores and their pimp. Thankfully this story doesn't have an Exile deathporn ending, but anyways.

    They drove him to some suburb in the middle of nowhere and in the lift, the pimp asks for his watch and notecase. The pimp left him just enough cash for a taxi ride back to the centre - how kind. Afterwards we all said that it could have ended much, much worse. Just read any Exile from the last few years.

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    HIV

    by gussymons Updated Jul 1, 2003

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    If you are so inclined to have sex, no matter where they are from, it makes sense not to risk anything and use protection.

    Moscow is crawling with professional working girls and just because she doesn't charge you doesn't mean she ain't.

    Someone (see comment below) pointed out quite rightly that HIV is no respector of passport, and it is not just Russian girls who may have HIV - wherever you are in the world it makes sense to be safe. I hope this corrects the oversight of the author.

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