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    Welcome! Moscow is One of Safest Cities in World for Foreigners

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    The crime rate against foreigners in Moscow is lower than in such metropolises as Tokyo or New York City, according to the Russian Union of Travel Industry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of crimes against foreign citizens in Moscow is one of the lowest among world tourist cities, Sergei Shpilko, head of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, said on Saturday.

    "Every year is different, but according to the Moscow police data the number of registered crimes against foreign tourists is no more than 20-30 per year. For such metropolis as Moscow that is a tiny crime rate," Shpilko said at the Gaidar forum, adding that the crime rate against foreigners is many times lower in Moscow than in Tokyo, New York and other big cities.

    He pointed out that despite the low crime rate Moscow is one of the first cities in the world that decided to create tourist police, which from his point of view is primarily a psychological measure that will be very popular and useful.

    Shpilko added that this Russian practice was being introduced in China.

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    • MNaydenov
      Tourist Police is actually very cool, I wonder what languages do they know.
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      Having been there, there were two phenomenons that I saw. One was the blatant and overt activities by the Russian thugs. You could spot them easily, as they drove the most expensive cars, were connected to the clubs and they double parked with impunity. The other were the college age kids who were true "Muscovites" who take pride in being involved as social activists. I speak no Russian but I understood them completely and effortlessly. You have to love kids that love their country and were willing, even, to confront the thugs about their double parking and holding up traffic. And smart? Any one of them showed a demeanor and intelligence in their speech that would make most of the lawyers I know look like simpletons. You can walk anywhere within a mile of the Kremlin and feel safe, regardless of where you are from.
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      teddy j, I could identify with every word you wrote except, of course, the old coins. I intend to go back for St Petersburg's "City of Lights" day and night.
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      Moscow is the safest and most civilised city I have ever been to. I lived there for a couple of months last winter. I never once felt threatened or intimidated. People there seem to value and respect law, order and courtesy, much more so than in London. Moscow is an amazing city. I miss her so much and hope to go back one day, maybe for good.
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