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criminal situation on Russian trains
(in response to some of the recent Notice Board questions on train and airplane safety)

Train safety is much higher, and criminal situation is much less serious than most travel books want you to believe. In close to 10 years I have been assisting foreign travelers not one of them got into trouble while on the train. I had my wallet cut out once but that happened somewhere between Bratislava and Warsaw, not in Russia...

Police present is rather noticeable and reassuring in Russian trains. That makes criminals resourceful. Most crimes involve entering into a relationship with the victim: drinking, playing cards, and otherwise making friends. Railroad police claims to solve 90% of crimes reported.

Example of crimes:

Precautions:

IT IS COMMON TO GRAB EACH OTHER'S BAGS BY MISTAKE. I'VE SEEN SEVERAL OF THESE SITUATIONS. MAKE SURE YOUR POSSESSIONS ARE CLEARLY LABELED.

Another related page I can think of is the old What to take with you on your Russian journey.

 

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