Moscow Warnings and Dangers
Visiting Moscow is a way to quickly dive into the culture while viewing beautiful scenery and towers. However, being aware and alert when visiting Moscow is essential to avoid mugging and other potential crimes.
There are many scams that run rampant throughout the world. However, in Moscow, one of the most notable scams involves other residents of Moscow posing as a friend to those who are visiting the city or are regular tourists. Once the scammer has built a relationship with a new “friend”, they often attend bars and clubs, where it is much easier to pickpocket or simply steal the wallet of the individual they are within the club or bar. Whenever you are considering going out to a club or bar, it is highly advisable to tag along with a friend or a group to keep am eye on one another.
Traffic and Crowded Streets
It has also been noted that there is a growing issue of begging individuals on the streets of Moscow, asking or demanding money from passersby. Ignore them if possible, walk away or keep a sizable distance from these individuals to avoid becoming a target. During the day, streets in Moscow are filled with individuals on their way to work or shop. However, the same goes for trucks and vehicles, often crowding roads and ignoring pedestrians due to the high level of pedestrians in the area, often using the street to walk in once the sidewalks are full. Truck drivers are required to drive responsibility, but it is not always easy when the entire street is filled with residents from Moscow.
Steer Clear of Browsing the Streets of Moscow at Night
Most tourists and residents rarely encounter uncomfortable situations when traveling through Moscow during the day time. However, the night may cause fear in others, especially if they are first-time visitors or simply do not know their way around Moscow yet. One thing to absolutely avoid when visiting Moscow is steering clear of areas at night which do not offer lampposts or any form of protection nearby. In areas that are not well-lit, it is much more likely you may encounter others who want to commit crimes including theft and muggings, and potentially more violent and dangerous attacks.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings or dangers in Moscow.