In general, Russia is a safe country to travel, especially if go to large cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Kazan) or if you are taking a train trip or a cruise.
There are many police officers on the streets of big cities, which increases a feeling of security. They rarely check documents from tourists, mainly, their attention is directed to immigrants from Central Asia.
However, there are some places, that are less safe, such as the Ukrainian border, North Caucasus.
Here are some tips to feel more secure during a trip to Russia:
Ask the Tourist Police for help, if you need it. They know English, and work in the central areas of Moscow and St. Petersburg
Keep your money safely and be careful with expensive equipment. The main crime against tourists is theft.
Do not leave your belongings inside a car, do not leave your documents and money in the hotel.
Do not smoke in public places, there is a strict smoking policy in Russia
It is also not allowed to drink alcohol in the streets and parks
Check the Russian customs policy, before you go. For example, you can bring no more than 3 liters of alcohol to Russia and 50 cigarette
Use official taxi services. Better to use mobile apps, they show the price for your trip, before you go
There are some sights, usually like natural reserves, when a foreigner need to have a special allowance to attend. It is better to check it, if you are planning to explore wild Russia on your own
Emergency number is Russia is “112”
Be careful when crossing the streets. Unfortunately, there are some drivers who ignore the rules.
Avoid travelling to the outskirts of big cities at night
It is better not to drink tap water. For example, in Moscow it leaves a residue when boiled. So, our advice is to buy bottled water