Common Questions Travellers Ask About Russia
Question: Is it safe to travel to Russia alone?
Although there has been news about attacks against tourists in Russia, these are only few instances and travelling across Russia is generally safe. Across the city, in public areas such as the metro and parks, you’ll easily find Russian police personnel patrolling the area to maintain peace and order. Just familiarize yourself with some Russian words and always go around with an identification and you’ll be alright.
Question: Is Moscow safe?
As a capital and international city, Moscow attracts a lot of tourists who have an appearance of being foreigners. These visitors can attract unwanted attention to themselves so when in Moscow it’s advisable to be vigilant, particularly in crowded places. Regardless, Moscow is a quite friendly and safe city.
Question: Are Russians friendly?
Although in popular culture Russians are portrayed as people who rarely smile and are unfriendly, this is far from the truth. An average Russian can be a bit reserved to strangers initially, but is willing to assist if asked for help and is friendly in conversations.
Question: What not to wear in Russia?
When in Russia, it is advisable to always dress for the occasion. Whether going to the opera, a nightclub, or to church, dressing improperly could make you stand out from the crowd, attracting stares of disapproval. It’s always a good idea to be observant and if possible, ask a local about what’s appropriate to wear.
Question: Who is Russia’s president?
The President of the Russian Federation is Vladimir Putin. He was elected into that position in 2000 and since then has gone on to serve for four terms as president.
Question: What is the weather in Russia year round?
Contrary to stereotypes about Russia’s weather, the country is not always frosty. The summers are hot, and winters get very cold in some areas. Because of Russia’s size, it is difficult to give any sort of general advice about its climate and weather. Using a weather app would probably be your best option to stay informed about the temperatures of the different regions.