Safety in Russia

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Safety in Russia
 
Russia is a pretty safe place, inspite of all the lurid crime stories you hear. You don’t have to worry about The Mafia – you don’t have even 1% of the sum they are interested in. Of course, there is a street crime, but probably, not as much as in your own capital city. Naturally, stay away from the drunks. They are unlikely to harm you, but are as erratic as any other drunks, and you are likely to see more in Russia than elsewhere. Always carry your passport and visa with you in Moscow and St Petersburg – not so vital in other places, although technically you are required to. Take care on the roads too. Russians have no respect for pedestrians, although this is not so true outside the big cities. A fondness for alcohol, tatty roads and a might-is-right attitude means Russia’s accident rate on the roads is fairly horrendous. In terms of safety, you will definitely have to look out more for your camper, than if you traveled in Europe, we recommend to leave your car only at secured sites (or, at least arrange with somebody to look after your car for a fee - 100 Rub-200 Rub ($3-$6) per day should be enough). However, it’s not as dangerous as it used to travel in Russia with a car anymore. Nowadays criminals found other sources of incoming and there’s lots of police along the way, which creates another problem of frequent police checks. There will be no problems though if your documents are OK. Be cautious on the refuelling. By the filling your motorhome, watch, that the servicer has filled with a benzine a tank with fuel, instead of a tank with water. There are not so many motorhomes in Russia, that’s why, the servicer can make a mistake. So, before going to pay for a fuel, be convinced, that the hose is in a correct place. To can fill the gas-cylinder on the special filling stations. In large cities you can fill the standard German gas-cylinder almost in all fill stations. Generally, Russia is the same as any European country in terms of health risks. So, if you’re OK living in Europe, US, Canada, Australia or elsewhere you don’t need to take any special preventive measures before coming to Russia. Take care of yourself and everything will be ok. Russia is not more dangeorous than european contries. EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS Fire – 01; 911; 112 Police – 02; 911; 112 Ambulance – 03; 911; 112 Gas emergency service – 04 Telephone Tips during Emergencies How to report Emergencies: Speak slowly and clearly. State your name, location of the emergency and telephone number. Provide as much information as possible: Who you are Who is involved What is wrong Where you are Stay on the telephone and follow any instructions that the 911 dispatcher (emergency operator) may give Calling 9-1-1 from a pay phone is free. If service is interrupted, pay phones will be restored before residential service  
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