Hello!I am going to Murmansk, in the Lapland region of Russia for 1 week in summer. I'm staying at a friend's house. I speak Russian. I would like to know if it is safe there: concerning crime, racist attacks (i'm south european but not very "dark" skinned) robbery murders...?An answer really would help :-)Thank you!
Murmansk is considered a relatively safe area - but like any country that has a criminal element you need to take the same precautions as you would in same sized European or American cities. Don't travel in dark areas, stay with friends, have your wits about you, don't carry a lot of cash. Russia tends to get a bad name in the press, but in reality it's no different to any other areas where danger is prevalent.
Jesse - World Nomads Safety Hub almost 8 years ago
hi, racism is a problem in Russia. It's not uncommon for police to profile and target on a racial basis. Make sure you carry your passport with you at all times (and a few dollars for any "fines").
Great thing for you is you speak Russian, and you'll be with locals... the best combination.
Crime is a problem in the big Russian cities. Murmansk is not so big, only 300,000 people, but take the usual precautions (don't wear expensive jewellery, try to dress like the locals and mix in). There's not much written about Murmansk so I'm getting in touch with my contacts and getting more information. Seems like bumping into drunks might be your biggest danger.
And don't forget the polar day (light 24 hours a day) does weird things to people. almost 8 years ago