Crime in Moscow, Russia

Crime rates in Moscow, Russia

Level of crime
35.71 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
40.62 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
27.21 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
30.77 Low
Worries car stolen
32.07 Low
Worries things from car stolen
38.12 Low
Worries attacked
36.79 Low
Worries being insulted
37.69 Low
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin color, ethnic origin, gender or religion
29.44 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
37.43 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
42.35 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
29.44 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
72.87 High

Safety in Moscow, Russia

Safety walking alone during daylight
82.03 Very High
Safety walking alone during night
55.48 Moderate

Contributors: 1085

Last update: March 2023

These data are based on perceptions of visitors of this website in the past 3 years.

If the value is 0, it means it is perceived as very low, and if the value is 100, it means it is perceived as very high.

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18 Comments so far
Dmitry on Jan 13, 2023:
This city may be safe, but the sexism, homphobia, and xenophobia (natioanlism) are VERY big problems of Moscow and the whole Russia. People are bigoted and agressive. Even if some tourists never encountered these problems - I have: I was living in Moscow for 28 years. If you are "different" or is not bland and grey as a typical russian citizen - you will be looked at obliquely, possibly verbally attacked, rejected. The country and its people is extremely hostile to individuality and does not accept freedom of expression. Especially now, when the war is ongoing.

Contrary to previos comments, people are MURDERED because of thir race or clothes (and especially because of their gender and sexual orientation). It won't change in the near future, as such behaviour and agression is state-backed. Is someone tells you that there are no nationalism and xenophobia in Russia - he either lies, or doesn't kknow what the situation in Russia is.
Anonymous on Oct 31, 2022:
To Eugene

Yes I agree Russia is full of malicious terrorists and I'm one of them.

Russian citizen
Eugene on Oct 28, 2022:
Even here it is fake filled by russians mostly. This crime rating looks like a joke ...
Russia is a country-terrorist and it cannot be safe. It's their native mentality.
Stanislava on Sep 28, 2022:
Moscow is one of the safest cities I've ever been too. You may like or dislike Russia and politics attached, but it's one of the cleanest, safest European cities there is. Absolutelly sure safer than Paris, Rome, New York, and Berlin.
svitlana on Sep 19, 2022:
good everning illigal rds from 2008 year which dont know me carter uk 55 year and doing shame reputation for me on during many year and for my friends on during many year
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2022:
#Lois Ford the United States is enemies of Russia because the government hate Russia but some American people love Russia and some Russian people love United States but it;s ok you’re still allowed in Moscow
Zm on Aug 24, 2021:
More than 100 different nations live in Russia and Moscow. You shouldn't worry about problems based on nationality. Moscow is becoming safer every year. Dont listen to anonymous, it’s safer here than in Athens, Belgrade, Kiev and many European cities. Here you will not find scammers like in the cities of Italy and France.
Anonymous on Jul 25, 2021:
I advise you not to risk visiting Russia because the Russian people are racist, barbaric and very savage, Russia is a country of prostitution, crime, corruption and racism, and these characteristics are unique to Russia without other European countries.
Victor Muraviev on Feb 12, 2021:
Wonderful place. If it were to be less corrupt it would be absolutely flawless.
Anonymous on Jan 05, 2021:
So many Russophobic comments here. Most cities are quite safe. Just use common sense, and don’t walk in dark or dangerous looking places.
Anonymous on Jan 02, 2021:
We have always been deceived by the media and we used to see Russia as the country of a thousand and one nights, but this is completely wrong. Russia is a country that is not suitable for a visit, and the Russian people have a very strange character. The Russians are thirsty for violence and bloodshed, selfish and misunderstand people.
The bottom line is that visiting Russia or interacting with the Russians is not recommended and is not recommended.
Max on Mar 29, 2020:
Idk, i was born and raised in moscow and lived in many parts of the world throughout my life (usa, england, azerbaijan, ect) and i always seem to come back to moscow in my free time. In general, the city only sees improvement, and though corruption levels are high and the police love stopping expensive cars in search of drugs to hopefully get bribes in return, i see moscow as a very safe city with low crime, however for foreigners i would advise against going to the sketchier neighborhoods such as Birulyevo or any other neighborhood in the south side at all. personally i lived in the very center and in the western rublyovka suburbs and though i agree that i might have a bias regarding the safety of moscow considering the affluent neighborhoods i grew up, i am still, after all, russian, ive been everywhere, ive seen everything, and i know everyone. In regards to foreign students from africa and india who i see a lot in the city center and personally know a few - none recounted any outright racist behavior towards them, strange looks from grandmas at most. but who knows maybe every student is fooling me.
Andy on Feb 20, 2020:
Who said moscow is save??? I'm already lives here for 3 years and lot of racism here, and remember Russian people only be friendly with russian people or white people, but if you are black it will be difficult for you, don't walking in the night because to dangerous, especially if you meet with people from ex SSSR be careful because I have lots of experience with those people, if they want to talk to you please ignored!!! If some body try to follow you I metro or in the street, you should find out where the police, be careful because today lot of immigrants here, dont try speak in local language (Russian language) if you haven't knowledge, better you speaking in English and people more respect to you, try not to be close with people looks like middle asia and arab because you never know what will happen, in the day is safe but in the night totally not!!!Russian people they are not smiling but they are good people if you can identify who is Russian and who is immigrants, again be careful with immigrants if they need help or something just said no!!! And be careful with your bag and things, don't look like rich person or someone will follow you and rob you.
Anonymous on Jan 24, 2020:
In additional to my previous post: Moscow CAN be dangerous for some categories of people. Locals can be aggressive to gays, transgenders, people with other skin color etc. Unfortunately the local society is still narrow-minded and xenophobic sometimes. It rarely leads to an open confrontation though.
Alexander Fortuna on Jan 24, 2020:
I'm from Moscow originally, and I lived there almost all my life. Well, I don't like it due to my own reasons, but even I have to admit that Moscow is safe. Actually only huge cities in Russia are safe, provinces and towns are kind of dangerous, especially for foreigners... But Moscow isn't dangerous.

People there can be rude and unfriendly sometimes, the city isn't friendly to disabled persons, most of locals don't speak english... But I lived there for decades, I never got robbed, and I don't know anyone who was. Some negative stuff happens anywhere, for sure.. But most areas of Moscow are safe even at night. Probably because of tons of policemen & CCTV everywhere.
Lois Ford on Oct 05, 2019:
To #Emir So not true! I am an American living in Moscow for the past 10 years. We have always been treated very well and we are poor teachers living in a 50sqm flat on the south side, so no one is out to impress us. Moscovites are very friendly and are smiling more and more with each passing year. The city is extremely safe, very beautiful and well taken care of. Beautiful parks and many outdoor events for the whole family that are virtually free. Side walks are very well lit and my husband and I have been in the city at all hours. The Moscow transportation system is by far the best in the world, they are working to make the city more handicapped accessible, and we have seen the decline of racism with each passing year. We have had friends from all over the world visit and they have all found Muscovites friendly and very accommodating. People are NOT dying in the streets. Moscow is a 1/3 larger in population of New York City (12 mil to 8.6 mil) and more than half of the number of murders (130 to 300). I would and have recommended Moscow as a wonderful place to visit and to live.
Emir on Sep 02, 2019:
I have lived in the centre of Moscow since my birth and as of now I have a few points to make about this abomination of a city.
If you're a tourist DO NOT visit Moscow unless you love being intimidated on you vacation.
At first glance, it may seem to you that Moscow is quite a developed and economically prospering city, with beautiful historic architecture, friendly (but gloomy) people etc. However, Moscow is all about the image, superficial beauty, deceit, which are maintained by sucking billions from the federal budget of the Russian Federation.
Danger and crime ooze from every single corner of this city.
Nobody here cares about building safe and stable, friendly for the disabled, constructions. Every month or so someone gets killed or injured by a fallen signpost, bridge, railing, reckless rich drug-heads, which always go unpunished because of the EXTREME levels of corruption and nepotism, and so on.
Countless illegal immigrants, Russians who come from smaller towns, especially from the southern part of the country, overflow the city. The rates of rape, mugging, scam, pick-pocketing, alcoholism (and recently popularized drug abuse) are staggering.
This all is accompanied by racism, sexism, intolerance, ignorance and impoliteness of the majority of the population of Moscow.
Anyway, most of the previous comments sum up the severity of crime in Moscow quite accurately. And I'm pretty surprised to see that Moscow has a better safety rating than Dublin or Stockholm.
jon on Jun 05, 2019:
Attn: Nancy Grace. CBS’s Otis Livingston called Nancy Grace fat woman and racist!