Crime in Moscow, Russia

Crime rates in Moscow, Russia

Level of crime
39.78 Low
Crime increasing in the past 3 years
43.94 Moderate
Worries home broken and things stolen
31.18 Low
Worries being mugged or robbed
35.11 Low
Worries car stolen
37.29 Low
Worries things from car stolen
43.53 Moderate
Worries attacked
40.41 Moderate
Worries being insulted
40.27 Moderate
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion
33.05 Low
Problem people using or dealing drugs
39.57 Low
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft
46.86 Moderate
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery
33.71 Low
Problem corruption and bribery
75.98 High

Safety in Moscow, Russia

Safety walking alone during daylight
79.43 High
Safety walking alone during night
51.05 Moderate

Contributors: 624

Last update: July 2019

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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22 Comments so far

#jon on Jun 05, 2019 :
Attn: Nancy Grace. CBS’s Otis Livingston called Nancy Grace fat woman and racist!
#LDR on Oct 01, 2018 :
Often visited Moscow, the city is quite clean, people smile. In public transport, it is comfortable to be, quite a good city.
#Sergei Goncharov on Aug 05, 2018 :
The city centre is generally safe including all of the tourist areas. However, I would not recommend anyone to walk around after midnight. Junkies, prostitutes, drunk and homeless people literally occupy the streets of Moscow every night, no one knows what to expect from them (what they are up to) and what they have got (weapons etc)... you do not need to go to residential districts and other zones outside the city centre— there is nothing to see there anyway, furthermore, some districts are occupied by illegal immigrants from Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America who are up to no good. All the weirdos are there as well. During the daytime it’s safer, but you should be careful — watch your bags and gadgets, otherwise they might be stolen instantly. Avoid all the people who seem at least a little bit strange or extraordinary because there are some mentally ill people walking around freely, they can be aggressive sometimes. In general, Moscow is definitely worth visiting, if you are careful, nothing will happen to you.
#Al Russian on Apr 02, 2018 :
Try not to communicate with bad-looking ex-USSR Asians, they can be dangerous. It's not racism, it's safety. - a foolish thing to say.I don't know what bad looking means here, but even when they are poorly dressed they are all polite and pose no danger at all (except criminals of course). And by the way they normally smile as Asians should. We Russians are kind of tense and traditionally do not smile, that's true. But no smiling does not mean hostility. It's just a norm which may seem strange to a stranger )))
#Michelle Gilbert on Mar 05, 2018 : Putin needs to be arrested he keeps setting off missiles and he is pissing me off, I've been busy watching for Missiles that's why, I'm not saying much in the media through Twitter. These people are very dangerous. Human rights needs to do a complaint through the Federal immigrant agency to arrest Trump is the only way. Please see what you can do to help make this happen. Thank you for helping the US.
#Moscow citizen on Jan 13, 2018 :
The main thing that most Western people do not understand - why Russians do not smile. Remember - it is NOT a common sense to smile in Russia. It is a part of our mentality. We smile to friends, relatives, etc. - to people that we sympathise. If you get a smile from Russian - be sure, he likes you. Or is trying to fraud you. But it is a completely another story. By the way, it is the reason why many Russians think that Western smiles are fake. You cannot like everyone, do you? I think this is the root of misunderstanding. You think we are gloomy and morose, we think that you are 'fake'. Like, your behaviour doesn't correlate with the way you really treat somebody.
So, be smart. If you ask the way and don't get a smile - that doesn't mean he doesn't want to help you. He does. But you are a stranger to him.
In fact, nobody cares about your skin colour. Nobody cares about you at all. Unless you look like ex-USSR Asian. But if you have problems, show that you are not from there - show that you speak English or another European language. Speaking about blacks - they may look at you, because you are not typical for Russia. But they still don't care. Russians are tolerant, they WON'T treat you bad because of your color. There are exceptions, of course. And, feel safe in Moscow and St. Petersburg. There are cities in Russia, where people saw blacks only in films. There you may feel uncomfortable.
Don't show you as gay. We still don't care, but some elderly and low-income uneducated people may see a provocation in it. A provocation to beat you. Be careful.
Try not to communicate with bad-looking ex-USSR Asians, they can be dangerous. It's not racism, it's safety.
By the way, people from US, try not to speak so loud. It may disturb people around you. It's like, 'Look! We're Americans!' for us. In addition, it's common sense not to speak loudly in public transport.
Young people speak English MORE often, than the elderly ones.
And, do not judge by behaviour of people on the street. You'll be surprised, how Russians change in close communication :)
And yes, if you act like you are from a higher class society, you WILL get hostile treatment. Think about it - how can you speak about racism when you can't even treat equally white Russians? :)
#John on Jan 02, 2018 :
My gosh, I leaved in Moscow for few years and never ever had any problem listed below, stats says homicide rates in Moscow particular are twice lower than average in US, you should be pretty much a complete idiot to get into a trouble if you applying just day to day common sense as an expat...what I noticed many expats here are getting frustrated by problems with language and navigation, but guys, like in China, Russians does not give much fuck about your English language, it is not an English speaking country, that's it. Secondly a lot of people from Western Europe are acting in a very arrogant manner like they are higher class society and that is not accepted well by Russians - thus you get a hostile response, I heard feedback like that from my friends there. But for sure this is much more safer than most of Eastern Europe shithole capitals.
#GiulianoM on Oct 30, 2017 :
I used to live in Moscow due my job for almost two years. The most horrible years in my life. Mostly because of people. When I was there my English wasn't very good. Something like Pre Intermediate level, but majority couldn't say anything except hello and some swearing words. So I was able to speak only with colleagues and some nice people who was using google translate. There are six little tips and observations. 1. People are very rude and hate everybody who is different and even hate each other. 2.Moscow have really hight level of crime, but anyway situation there is much better than in others cities. 3.Traffic is horrible. 4.A lot of adds and flavouring in food, so it's could be tastier but not healthier. Check very carefully date of expiry on food, it's could be already expired products in supermarkets. 5.Try to avoid speaking about politics, level of propaganda is extremely high. President is tsar and God for them. Pretty funny but simultaneously they may hate petty officials. 6. Half people believe that in a west countries people of dying from hunger and lack of money. And the other half dreaming to leave Russia as quickly as possible.
#George on Sep 25, 2017 :
I was in Moscow recently as a tourist and I can tell that is is generally safe and people, if not nice, are not complete hostile.

How ever I have found Moscow and St Petersburg the most racist cities I have ever visited (and I have visited places all over the world, and lived in Mexico, England ans Spain). If you are not white you will feel like you are being watched all time. You don´t feel like in USA or western Europe where yoy are normally not noticed.

How ever Moscow is an exciting city and its racism should not refrain you from visiting it.
#Den on Sep 12, 2017 :
From the comments below it may seem that Moscow is a totalitarian cloak where people are oppressed both by the gangs and the police. I live in Moscow since birth and somehow I've survived, and now when I've read the comments I can see that it's definitely a great achievement. Nope. Moscow is a nice place, but you've got to follow some rules to avoid problems:

- Never ever look as gay. It's not the part of the Russian culture. Not that Russian people are not tolerant (actually, they are TOO tolerant), but this look is considered as a provocation.

- If you know Russian a bit - don't try to speak it. Don't try to use the words "zdravstvuyte" or "do svidaniya", you will get no respect from the people you are talking to. Don't really know why - maybe because this makes you look like ex-USSR migrant. If you considering between other Slavic language and English - speak English.

- Parks are really safe. The places you should really avoid are industrial and GARAGE areas.

- Don't respond to people in the streets. If you start a communication yourself you will be surprised to find that anyone is friendly and helpful, but if someone tries to talk to you in 50% cases it's a fraud. Other 50% are just asking time or directions.
#Kristijan on Aug 31, 2017 :
I don't get it, what's the point with the comments below.There isn't a city or a country in the world that is totally ''CRIME FREE''.But its actually the fact that people don't actually get the point of what ''Safe'' and "Danger'' means.If you have a normal life, and not 'BUG" around dark places,gangs,drugs then you are 100% OK in Moscow.There are thief's all over the world,and don't be just like OH Hey i got robbed in Moscow that means that Moscow is a shitty city and by that it means that the people are garbage and what not, its your own fault on how you keep your stuff,its your own fault for not keeping an eye on where you put your stuff (I'm saying this in reply to Moscow citizen's comment below).I stayed for 2 weeks in Moscow and i gotta admit it was the best experience i ever had, everyone was soo polite,respectful.Police men were also really nice, i asked for a picture with one of the police men just for shits and giggles, and we laughed and joked afterwards.I made lots and lots of friends in Moscow, people were really really polite, helping around if you need directions,helping out with the Metro map etc...And no i wasn't '' acting'' like a local, i spoke a little bit of Russian and it was all fine, the best part was visiting Saint Vassily on the red square.It was 5 minutes until closing time, and i asked the lady if i can enter Saint Vassily and she said no, after a minute she was like Aah ok but be quick.I never got robbed,attacked,harassed by any means (sexually,verbally).The only actual people that came up to me were either old women asking for money or people giving out Ad's and giving out High-Fives (Yes high fives).Police activity was ultra high, there were literally policemen armed with Ak's everywhere, around every block, either it was day or night even there were cops hanging around in Mcdonald's.I walked for hours in midnight times and i was safer than walking around at night in Paris.The ''Classic'' thing about Russia is the Vodka and the amount of drunk people you will see on the streets, but there are always cops around so they won't do anything to you as long as you don't laugh or record them with your phone or anything.NOW here comes the strange part or the ''Racist part'' .What i mean by Racist Part?, well the name itself says it all...Russian's (Policemen,casual citizens) don't tolerate any Gay's,Mongolians,Arabs.I see that some comments below say that Russians mock you for being ex USSR or polish or whatever.Well i'm coming from Yugoslavia, and that was the only country in Europe that had the balls to give Stalin the middle finger.So i never got mocked of where i'm from or what not.I will totally recommend going to Moscow for tourism as it is a very beautiful place. (A QUICK TIP FROM ME FOR PEOPLE PLANNING ON VISITING MOSCOW-If you know how to speak any Slavic language (besides Russian) i recommend using that one to communicate with people as they will partly understand what are you trying to say because they either don't speak English or they lack it)
#aylin on Jul 17, 2017 :
I stayed in Moscow for a few months but never felt safe. Too many weirdos hanging around, watching you, even during the day. I always walked very fast so noone would approach me. The locals don't smile and dont like to help, so if some random stranger is friendly to you, you should be very worried...This is the least safe city in my experience and I have travelled many countries in europe and asia.
#Moscow citizen on Jun 21, 2017 :
The "Moscow experience" is VERY different depending on your looks


Middle-asian(mongoloid) or mid-eastern(arab) types get harrased by the police. You are expected to pay a bribe if you come from EX-USSR muslim regions.
Their type be living in every basement of every flat block, doing slave-labour and cleaning the streets. SO they are treated like slaves.

If you are black as the night itself, do not worry that much. Well unless you travel to St.-Petersburg. Moscow is much more safe.

Now the gay people. Do NOT look gay, this will cause you A LOT of problems. Maybe you follow the news - everything you've heard is true and even worse. Hide your inner (and outter) f aggot while visiting Moscow. Cover your coloured hair with a hat or something. I am being serious just do it.

You most likely get fucked by the authorities if you are from ex-USSR including Russia itself. Other foreingers are somewhat treated with respect. The police may laugh at you but won't hurt you.

The financial crisis, war and economic sanctions are taking its toll. In a times like these criminals are more desperate. There are increasing reports on stealing ATMs in broad daylight.
In subway, hold on to your electronic devices when the doors are closing. My sister got her IPAD stolen this way. A middle-asian looking kid just grabbed it and jumped the train.

One guy I know got his phone pickpocketed from his shirt's front pocket ( how is that even possible ).
It is absolutely useless to go to the police if you get robbed. They will file a paper and throw it in the trash later when you leave. This applies to citizens and non-citizens both.

Recently someone tried to grab my arm near subway station which did not happen IN YEARS. I did not stop even for a second, but still... This is what you should do by the way. Never slow down. They will never pirsuit you, rather be looking for a fool tourist who stops when grabbed by a sleeve.
Unless you are a scary looking slav-face 1.9m tall, walking at night is unsafe. Depending on the part of the Moscow - south, east and southeastert parts are the worst fucking shit.

*** now this part may be hard to comprehend, just trust me on this ******************
Act like everyone around. Do not smile and blend in. Do not stand where everyone is walking. DO NOT RESPOND TO ANYONE NEAR THE RAILWAY STATIONS - here you will get scammed and/or pickpocketed. Railway stations and suburb trains are the worst. Subway hubs are more safe but same rules apply. Always pretend that you are in hurry for somewhere, its better to make a circle twice that suspiciously stand out.
If someone stands in your way turn 90 degreen and walk around him like he is a pole or something. If he keeps doing that keep walking. I will repeat it again: NEVER STOP is the golden rule.
Fear people who smile at you.

But this comment sums it better than everything
"The whole country is a scam with a gangster like police"

Oh yeah, this is so true. But at least this is not south africa or Manchester (yet) (haha).

This is a very very politically incorrect country, like Poland on steroids.

General rules apply: stay away from parks, keep your eyes open, use common sense.

There is so much shit in the comments, oh my god.

I hope this helps.
#Anonymous on Apr 02, 2017 :
The most racist and unfriendliest nation in all of Russia, not just Moscow.
#Anonymous on Mar 23, 2017 :
Human Rights in Russia are violated every day.
Russian Authorities have planted false evidence against people whose only "crime" is to read their Bible and apply Jesus teachings. The have been named Terrorists and Radicals. The Russian Government is degrading itself by the use of laws that were made by the Russian Government to protect HUMAN RIGHTS in Russia and falsely accuse their most peaceful and law abiding citizens.
What a shame that the whole world is watching.
#Helen B on Aug 19, 2016 :
I have lived in Moscow for some time. I really don't want to create a terrifying picture to foreigners, but people there are basically gloomy and very surly. I hardly ever see people smile. Maybe that's their nature or culture. I understand that you can not ask people be friendy and make your rules in a foreign country. Regarding rasicm, I talked to many Russians, I felt shades of hostility, especially when they were talking about Asian immigrants. At least I'm not used to classifying people in the way they did.
The biggest fear for me was to ask for the information on products in the shops, they would say something rude: )) Was soo much strange for me to face such a big rudeness so often and in such ordinary situations.
Anyway I made a few very good friends there and had some fun.
Maybe I was not lucky enough with the service in Russia, but I think my trip was not bad.
#Jo on Aug 17, 2016 :
Moscow more safe then Phuket? Guys something wrong with your index, i spent 3 years on Phuket and never worried to walk alone at night, most what can happend- some guy ask i you need motorbike to get home... In Moscow more scarry
#Am-Expat on Feb 26, 2016 :
This is interesting how different the opinions are. I have lived in Russia for 15 years and visited many times during 70s-90s. I have also traveled to 87 countries and been in many large cities. I have started businesses and wander all over the city(my home is St Petersburg now) and never had a problem, never intimidated and never had to pay a bribe. In the tourist areas there are some pickpockets but even those are working on stealth so there are no confrontations or violence, completely different than the senseless violence seen frequently in US or UK. I walk home from dance clubs at 4-6am and never seen a threat even in dimly lit run down parts of the city. One of the reason it these cities are so much more civilized in every neighborhood is that most people are stable in their neighborhood and are home owners at 5 times the rate of home ownership than in the US where most homes are purchased over 20-30 year mortgages and never really owned. Here, almost 70% of all residents live homes they own free and clear of any debt. That gives a sense of security seldom seen in other countries. I was here frequently in the 90s, and it was nuts, and crime was a real problem until Putin stabilized the economy and ushered a decade of high growth and explosion of the middle class.
Quality of life means a lot of things, surely a lot more than the short list given. What about the cultural and intellectual stimulation? Russia is the most educated country in the world, a higher percentage of university grads than many of the US states graduate from high school. There are vast numbers of museums(354 in St Petersburg), concert halls, ballet theaters, opera, dance, jazz and rock clubs, hundreds of drama theaters(far more than NYC or London in Moscow and almost as many in St Petersburg), and all being very accessible unlike western cities where visiting world class opera or a ballet is very expensive, all classes and ages attend every event, that occur every night for an 11 month cultural season. Whenever I return to San Francisco, I am bored to tears in a few days. Moscow and St Petersburg are just more exciting, fun and social.
#Dmitry on Jan 18, 2016 :
Live here for 30 years. Like in every big city there are "rules of game". You can meet troubles walking alone at the evening with latest gadget in some districts here.

Please note one important thing: "Moscow" does NOT equals to "Russia". It does not equals suburbs as well. Staying in the city rather safe.
@Igor must be leaving out of MKAD (the city ring road) so it is not correct to apply this experience to the Moscow.

Think before you act, and you'll be ok. This is universal advice for every city in the world. )
#Jamie on Jan 11, 2016 :
One of the most racist cities on the planet. If you're a minority, just being a tourist in Moscow or any city in Russia for that matter can become a life or death issue. Russian people are extremely hostile towards foreigners(Sheer hypocrisy because many of them immigrate and travel to other countries in the world. if you're black/brown/Asian, be very careful. It's a very dangerous city if you're not white.
#Dieter on Aug 21, 2015 :
The whole country is scam with a gangster like police.
#JJ on Jul 05, 2015 :
The negative comments on this site are hilarious! If you have travelled to New York, LA or any other fairly large city in US, you will be fine in Moscow!