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RUSSIA WORLD CUP 2018...will it be safe?

Hello....
I am a Scottish male I love travelling, sport and photography etc. I have visited many countries and love meeting all Nationalities.

As an expat I need YOUR advice please....I intend to visit MOSCOW on my own for The World Cup in June next year but I have to book my airline ticket very soon and book accomodation in Moscow.

However due to the serious trouble in France last year at The European Championship I am concerned regarding my safety and if YOU think it is still advisable to travel.

I only want to enjoy this spectacular football tournament, love this spectacular as a NUETRAL supporter.

During my visit as I am on my own I wish to meet expats and also exchange views with other Nationalities while sightseeing and  visiting the wonderful city of Moscow and generally have a pleasant time.

I may visit other Russian venues but expect to stay mainly in Moscow as there are many matches in the capital.

Your replies will be much appreciated and your helpful advice will assist me in making a decision if I should still visit Russia in June 2018.

Thank you .......Jimmy

HI Jimmy,
It is safe in Moscow and suburbs untill you follow safety rules general for any big city.
So you don't need to worry too much if you
1 don't overuse alcohol and the alike
2 keep eye on you wallet (and remember that jeans' hip pocket is not the best place to do so)
3 don't show off your wealth and money
4 keep away from illegal activities (prostitution is also illegal in Russia)
5 for the first time it is safer if you not alone and with official guide and official group, but not necessary
As to the football funs, there was only one serious incident in Moscow centre (shop glass breaking, cars set in fire, violence) about 15-20 years ago or so and since then it has been very quiet. Nothing that could be classified as mass violence as in recent tournament somewhere in Europe. However, I've heard of the agreed clashes between funs outside Moscow, but police is watching closely and supress such the attempts. In general, there is an open and serious discussions of measures to be taken and promotion of peace and warm welcome to tourists.  The funs known to be troublemakers won't even be able to get into the stadiums. So it is clear that governing bodies take the international football events seriously. This is not the 100% guarantee, but I hope it is close. :cheers:

Thank you Mary for your kind reply I appreciate it and hope that everything goes smoothly at The World Cup.
I have to book my airline ticket soon about 11 months before the event therefore I have to decide very soon but it is difficult sometimes when you are on your own. Unfortunately I dont speak Russian although as I always show respect and with a smile this always helps as I find people get on well together irrespective of Nationality religion etc.
Do you know of any local English speaking people groups or expats meetings etc as I would prefer to build up friendship prior to going to Russia.....as I think it would be better if I knew a few local Russians.
I have a year before I go and as you know The World Cup is in June/July next year.
I plan to stay in Moscow for about 9 days.
Thank you again for your reply Mary....hope you have a good week.......Jimmy

Have a good week too, Jimmy
Well, not all russians speak english. Information for tourists is not on the good level too at least now. But... names of the most streets have english version. Information in museums and public places tend to have english version. You can also find maps of Moscow in English almost in any big hotel.  So if you'll plan your trip in detail and keep within safety rules I see no problems.
Smile is a good approach )))
Unfortunately, I can't help you with finding your fellow countrymen. But you can try this link http://forum.expat.ru/index.php
It is a whole year ahead of the event, so I can't tell for sure if I will be in Moscow at that time.
But anyway, you can contact me for info anytime.
BR
Maria

Hi Jimmy, I think I give you an advice as I lived in Russia for many years.

I also attempted some intense football games in Moscow (like derby games between Spartak Moscow and CSKA Moscow) as well as this summer I went to the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Honestly, you don't need to be concerned about your safety during the World Cup in Russia. As I understand, you are mostly worried because of the hooligans. They'll be taken care of during the World Cup, police in Russia is very experienced in dealing with this kind of violence. In my opinion what happened in France was mostly on police who did nothing to PREVENT the violence.

Fans that came to the Confederations Cup this year had a lot of fun in Russia. Especially fans from Chile, they were like super fan, crazy and friendly :) No accidents or safety issues during the tournament. The worst thing happened was a situation with a journalist from Chile, he took a cab from the airport in Moscow and was scammed by the taxi driver. At the end, he got the money back with help from police.

I would say, that taxis is what I'll be the most concerned about. I'll always recommend to better use Uber than take a taxi in Russia.

If you want, check out here for more information on this topic: http://russianblogger.me/2018-world-cup-safety/.

Hope it helps,
see you in Russia next summer!

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