Russia Warnings and Dangers

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Russia Warnings and Dangers

  • Local police & Documents

    Moscow Warnings and Dangers

    It's always good to know what's going on. Check with local press, or better still, with locals, if there are any events scheduled for those districts you are planning to visit. For example, if Mayor Sobyanin inaugurates a new metro station, you can expect a lot of functionaries and an even huger lot of law enforcement. This police sqaudroon is on...

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  • Street Crime

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    I am sure that some of the posts are well meaning but most are also based on rumors or very outdated info. If I had read only the warnings without knowing better I would never have moved to St Petersburg 8 years ago. Street Crime is very low and seldom involves violence. The remaining risk is pickpockets working in very specific areas on a...

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  • Money & Exchange

    Moscow Warnings and Dangers

    As I arrived at airport, I went straight to the exchange office to exchange some money - euros to rubles. By location, I thought that the closest exchange office is the most secure one - and police is everywhere, so I took a glance to the display and did not notice that 1 euro = 30 rubles (to sell) and 1 euro = 42,3 rubles (to buy). I exchanged...

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  • Tap Water

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Please NEVER-EVER-WHATSOEVER drink tap water while in Russia. The main ground is that you don't have a degree on Chemistry and even if you do, I'm sure you don't have your pocket hot lab when on the move in Russia. So please-please-please have fun discovering new chemical elements when you are back to home

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  • Pickpocketers, etc.

    Moscow Warnings and Dangers

    Men may approach you wanting to take you out to the clubs and introduce you to women or have women they can set up for you. Some want to rob you or use you for money while others just want to provide prostitute services. Many prostitute services are set up all around Moscow in private flats run by men. Best to avoid all of this in general. There is...

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  • Personal Observations

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Traffic in Russia is a nightmare. It looks like nobody really cares about speed limits or traffic rules. Cars drive at almost full speed in the city centre, especially on the multi-lane prospekts. For pedestrians it is sometimes very difficult or even dangerous to cross these wide boulevards. It might be better to consider taking another route, it...

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  • Traffic & Crossing

    Moscow Warnings and Dangers

    Moscow's traffic is a nightmare. It looks like nobody really cares about speed limits or traffic rules. Cars drive at almost full speed in the city centre, especially on the multi-lane bridges over the Moskva river For pedestrians it is often very difficult and dangerous to cross the wide roads. Sometimes it is even better to consider taking...

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  • Pickpockets

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Friend of mine just told me something scary. After going around Russia and St Petersburg, my friend said her fellow tourist went to take a pictures and found instead of her Canon powershot hanging from its wriststrap, there was just the neatly severed wrist strap. The thief had extremely skilfully selected a moment to home in and surreptitiously...

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  • Language

    Moscow Warnings and Dangers

    Russia is very proud of its heritage and nowhere is that more clear than Moscow, it's biggest town. Almost everything is in Russian. No problems for me, a Russian speaker, but some potential problems for those who can't read Cryillic, as all the street signs, restaurant menus and pricing information is shown in Russian. the metro map has...

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  • Scams

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Marinessa Pikaro!!! Mann ist ganz alleine in den Laden und kommt nur mit Bekleidung hinnein. Die Damen auf der Strasse schleusen einen regelgerecht hinnein. Mann kauft zu überteuerte Getränke, die Dame gegenüber trinkt nur Wasser. Die Kredikarte nicht aus der Hand geben. Mann bekommt KO Tropfen in sein Getränk und später wird einen die Brieftasche...

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  • Police

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Russia does not use 911 calling, but the emergency numbers are fairly simple. For fire or accidents - 01 For Police call - 02 Ambulance - 03 Police hotline for foreigners 278-30-18 Central police switchboard 340-10-20 From a mobile phone, megafone, call 112 for emergencies.

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  • Taxis

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    The cheating cabbies have two settings on their meter. One is for normal behaviour, the other setting they use to prove that where ever you go, taxi drivers are not to be trusted. It makes the meter run incredibly fast. So always negotiate a price, even if they have a meter, all be it a plus-minus price. I got 'ff'-ed royally, even though my...

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  • Public Transport

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    Busses often dont have what number bus stops at what stop. Its best to ask people standing in bus ques. Thats IF you speak Russian because almost surly they wont. I found a #150 bus even my host had never heard of and it stopped very close to the apartment and went to Nevsky by a cicuitous but visually wonderfull route.No one had ever heard of...

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  • Street Signs

    Saint Petersburg Warnings and Dangers

    This is not really a warning, but rather an enigma to us. Well, it used to be thanks to Elena_N who unravelled this mystery for us: It is a sign which is meant to inform other traffic users that this is an area, where visually impaired people are likely to cross the street. thx

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  • Make Sure You DO Carry Your Passport

    A little salutary tale from my Moscow visit: I'm not sure exactly what was going off at the time but one morning I was walking down the main street of Tverskaya towards the Kremlin.As I was crossing a side street a guy in front of me dropped something. I was going to pick it up and chase after him but a guy from behind me picked it up before I had...

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  • Vodka

    You should be careful around alcohol. If you really aren't up for drinking or going all out, just refuse the drink. Russian use to drink with a lot of snack (zakuska). Vodka won’t affect you this mush if you eat rich meal. But still be careful and never ever try to "over drink" Russians :) - you can quickly get into trouble.And don't ever buy hard...

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  • Passing the Russian Customs Control -...

    If you are going to buy Icons or any art work in Russia, beware: All items which are of cultural or historical value - icons, antiques, paintings, coins, books (older than 50 years) etc. - may be taken out of Russia only with prior written approval of the Ministry of Culture and payment of 100% duty. You will need to spend some time and money to...

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  • Russian winter

    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...

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  • Visiting Orthodox Churches

    How to Behave in an Orthodox Church:Most Russian Orthodox churches have an iconostasis, which separates the nave from the holy altar, which signifies the Heavenly Kingdom. ONLY prists are allowed to go between an iconostasis and altar. Please remember that when you are inside. And another rule: women suppose to have head covered inside the church...

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  • Beware of Travel All Russia travel...

    I booked a trip through Travel All Russia and they fell short on several matters during this trip. I have detailed all of it over and over again with them, but they are dragging their feet, arguing about what are facts, not opinion and generally being horrible to deal with.1. Overall communication about this trip from the agency was terrible and it...

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  • Ladies & Gents - dont confuse them !

    Ladies & Gents - dont confuse them !Please enlarge my picture and take a closer look at the signs that you see there, would you have taken the right entrance ?M does not stand for Men , (but muscheni), but at least it is a way to remember, where to enter for gents, the ladies enter on the right, maybe you better remember that cyrillic letter,...

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  • Taking photos inside of buildings

    Russians are still quite afraid of picture-taking tourists inside of shopping-malls and other private buildings and many of these places will have their own security-people preventing you from doing this.I had big problems and a very long discussion with a security-guard in this shopping-centre in the centre of Moscow in 2002. And the discussion...

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  • ПEPEXOД : always use the...

    Use the ПEPEXOД / Perechod !A perechod is a passage under the street, where you can cross the streets with heavy trafic in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Dont expect any cardriver to stop for a pedestrian at any place where there is no zebra-crossing with clear red lights and maybe a policeman closeby.I had such a situation, when I forgot...

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  • I found 50.000,- $ on the Red Square

    I found 50.000,- $ on the Red Squareit fell out of a bag of someone walking in front of me - it actually was a bundele of a fake 50,-$ note and a lot of paper behind it wrapped up in cellophane and there was another man beside me, who watched the scene and picked up the money, as soon as he saw, that I did not pick it up myseIf.Instead I told him,...

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  • Fake invitations

    In your country beside Russian consulate you can meet some people who "sell an invitations" to Russia.Please be aware that it could be dangerous for you.If you will buy any unconfirmed invitation your visa could be cancelled.The problem is you should register your visa in first 3 days .If you will be unable to find any person or organisation...

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  • Dangerous for Driving

    According to Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris) Russia is at the head of the black list of the countries that are the most dangerous for drivers.

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  • Whole lots of stuff

    There are whole lots of stuff and warning regarding Russia, from street crime, tourism scams to political arrests and you might find yourself accommodated in some prison in Siberia all inclusive.*I am glad I did not encounter any of those and the only danger to me was the Russian Beauty.

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  • Ice from the roofs

    Russian winter can be really cold, but at the same time temperature and weather can change from a day to the other.So when it's really cold, you will see ice hanging from the houses roofs, pieces of ice that are like swords, but be careful when you walk, don't stay right below them, because you really never know, are they gonna fall or not ? well...

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  • body-scanners russian style &...

    In Domodedovo special body-scanners are used : first you will have to sort your things into different boxes for shoes and upper clothes, take off your belt, take your creditcards and coins out of your wallet etc. before you enter a giant body-scanner, where you are standing inside of a glass-box and the scanner is going around of your body.that...

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  • Dollar exchange

    Things which you consider are the easiest in the world can turn into a disaster in Russia,like exchaning your Dollars to Rubles. In many banks I was given back my dollars for stupid reasons,like a mark by a pencil in the corner or a seal put on by another bank.If you don't want to get upset or to be treated like a swindler, don't care about the...

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  • Hotels with and witout Registration

    Foreigners can only stay at the hotels which have a special registiration for letting the foreigners stay in them. If you trust your Russian abilities like me to find an economical hotel, you may be rejected from them cause they do not have registration for foreigners. Always call the hotels and ask for this reggistration before you make your move...

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  • Russian attitude

    Well Russian spirit is as vast as Russia and this means you can run into such kindness and hospitality which makes you feel you can never pay back or in another extreme a horrible attitude which you have never encountered in your life.You may run into people who will take you to the place you asked the address for and shake your hand while leaving...

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  • The police were VERY relaxed with me

    I visited Moscow and St Petersburg in October 2007 and had read a lot about the problems with police. As I am of mediterranean origin I was worried I was going to be asked for papers all the time and hassled a lot by the cops as I had read on here. To my surprise, despite seeing tons of police every day (and they did see me), not once did one of...

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  • Getting a Russian visa in Vienna as a...

    The Russian Embassy is located in the 3rd district. As a foreigner, especially if you are only passing through, getting a visa from Vienna might prove difficult, because:1) The consular department is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9am-12pm. You may have to queue from 7:30am. Visas can only be collected from 2-3pm on these days.2) The visa...

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  • Scams and Burglary

    Be cautious of bogus police in Moscow and big cities as they might try to flash you a badge and demand your passport or cash. Corruption is huge in Russia due to poor wages. The only course of action is stay calm and find a local to translate. People use devices in ATMs to get your pin number so use machines in public places. Burglary is an...

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  • In General....

    -Pickpockets working in tandem on the streets.-Drunk "off their ASS" police, who are still on duty!-Mafia, but not so much. It is bad for business! Seriously though, corruption, bribery, payoffs and racketeering are rampant in Russia. I saw it at least twice EVERYDAY while I was there.-The cold and ice!

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  • Trying to understanding Russians

    Not only the language can hold back easy communications. Understanding is especially in Russia another difficulty to overcome. In this case there are two kinds of Russians. Those with some intelligence that look further then their own backyard and those that (still) think that Russia is the world and the Russian way is the only way. In discussions...

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  • Corruption and dishonesty

    Don't get into contact with so-called law-enforcement. Corruption can be considered as legalised, as most Russian themselves see it as 'normal' events in their every day life, which actually takes care of the survival of this evil. It is very sad, but only when the corrupted people understand that what they do, will eventually only have negative...

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  • Money, money, money...

    Here on a pic you see russian money. For one dollar you'll be given over 29 rubles. 1 ruble consists of 100 kopecks. There are:1 kopeck5 kopecks10 kopecks50 kopecks1 ruble2 rubles5 rubles10 rubles50 rubles100 rubles500 rubles1000 rubles. And be careful of changing money. You have to do this only in banks or in Exchange divisions.

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  • black taxis

    Big cities in Russian are dangerous at night time ( even for locals). but every car can be a taxi. and better to take a taxi than walk alone at night time. just look at the driver carefully and trust you instincts.

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  • Pure water

    Parfois, il peut arriver que l'eau qui va couler dans votre baignoire aura cette couleur. Peut être pas si vous êtes dans un hôtel luxueux dans une grande métropole. Mais dans les banlieues ou les petites viles, ce sont des choses qui arrive. On apprends à vérifier avent de prendre une douche, et on ne boit jamais de l'eau du robinet.Sometimes, it...

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  • Attentats

    Russia was the target of an increasing number of attempts since 10 years. If Caucasus and its surroundings paid the heaviest tribute, notably with the last hostage taking in Ossetia of the North, Moscow has not been saved during this period, with 24 attempts of unequal gravity, without counting the two aerial disasters that, August 24, made close...

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  • Driving in Russia

    En raison des conditions climatiques et du défaut d'entretien du réseau routier la circulation est souvent difficile et dangereuse. Le comportement parfois imprévisible des automobilistes locaux, un plan de circulation parfois déroutant, la présence d'objets ou de véhicules inattendus sur la voie publique requièrent une attention toute...

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  • Hera also...

    Le problème des voleurs qui vous fouillent les poches sans vergogne est mondial. A Moscou, Peters, et dans toutes les grandes villes de Russie, de nombreuses bandes se partagent le "marché". Mais ce n'est ni plus ni moins qu'ailleurs. C'est l'occasion pour moi de redonner "mes astuces" The problem of the thieves that searches you the pockets...

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  • Caucasus !

    La Russie a été la cible d'un nombre croissant d'attentats depuis 10 ans. Si le Caucase et ses abords ont payé le plus lourd tribut, notamment avec la dernière prise d'otages en Ossétie du Nord, Moscou n'a pas été épargnée au cours de cette période, avec 24 attentats d'inégale gravité, sans compter les deux catastrophes aériennes qui, le 24 août,...

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