Is It Safe: To Live in Russia

Today’s show is brought to you…because
one of our viewers came up with what we thought was an excellent idea. If we do our homework well, not only will
this be a good way to learn about a country we might know little about, but perhaps bust
some myths regarding stereotypes, and give our viewers relevant and useful information
about a place they might want to travel to someday. We picked Russia because this is the first
example our viewer gave us, and it’s certainly a place that is widely discussed and possibly
even mischaracterized. Today we’ll bring you all the latest statistics,
see what the media is saying, and look at what Russians are saying on forums, in this
episode of the Infographics Show, Is It Safe: To Live in Russia? So, what’s the first thing we think about
when we visit, or go to live in a country, regarding safety? It’s usually crime, but as a tourist, it
would be crimes against tourists. As a foreign face living there, you could
be mistaken for a tourist. Some countries have a lot of organized crime,
yet on the surface things might seem pretty safe for a visitor. Ok, so first we looked at Numbeo, a site that
publishes information on the perception of visitors in certain countries, in this case
Russia. The level of crime overall was stated as “moderate”. It said safety when walking alone in the daylight
was good, but only moderate at night. Just about all crime was said to be moderate,
except burglary was low, assaults because of ethnicity was low, and assault and robbery
was low. However, the murder rate for 2015 was high
by global standards at 11.31 per 100,000. That is higher than the USA. We looked at the Journal of Socialomics to
try and understand this. Its main conclusion was this, “…alcohol
is a major contributor to the homicide rate in the Russian Federation.” Yes, as you may know from our other shows,
Russians drink a lot, especially the men. You can try and find what governments are
saying about travel to or living in Russia. The US Department of State said violent crime
in Moscow is not uncommon, stating that visitors “drinking alcohol are especially vulnerable
to assault and robbery in/around nightclubs or bars or on their way home.” It also mentioned pickpockets, smash and grabs
thefts, mostly happening in busy areas or on the metro. It listed some of the worst things to happen
recently, which included a Japanese man being beaten to death, but other than that it only
mentioned Russian against Russian violent crime. That doesn’t look too bad, and it seems
rates of assaults have seen a dramatic reduction in the last decade. The British FCO reports that, “the majority
of Russia, from the western fringes of Europe to the far eastern shores, is safe.” It advises against travelling to Chechnya,
Ingushetia and Dagestan and the districts of Budyonnovsky, Levokumsky, Neftekumsky,
Stepnovsky and Kursky in Stavropol Krai. It said of the 150,000 British tourists that
visit Russia, their visit is mostly trouble free. Again, it said most crime is petty street
crime, or even online dating scams or the spiking of drinks. Use common sense it says, and you should be
ok. It added that people of varying ethnicities
should not receive any negative attention, even though Russia has sometimes been maligned
for racism. We then looked at Quora, where Russian nationals
answered the question, “How safe is Russia for foreign visitors?” Dmitry Pavlov, a resident of St. Petersburg,
said the same thing as the US and British governments: be aware of thieves and pickpockets. He said it is mostly safe for foreigners,
but did add that people should probably stay away from some of the “bad” neighborhoods. He called these “bedroom districts” and
listed some, but we all know in any city there are some dodgy looking places we should probably
stay away from. Another man called Sergey Lourie said that
in Moscow in some areas, thugs might skulk around at night, so stay in well-lit places. As we found on other sites, he said police
are everywhere in Moscow and they are usually helpful and speak some English. Most people said the same, with one Russian
poster concluding, “If you take reasonable precautions: do not have unprotected sex,
do not drink alcohol too much, do not be rude with strangers and so on – you will be OK.” Lastly, is it ok to be LGBTQ in Russia, given
some horror stories we see on the news? According to websites dealing with the matter,
you should be aware that homophobia is common, but nonetheless you shouldn’t have a hard
time. Gay people writing on Quora about the issue,
who had visited Russia, said they experienced no problems. One Russian said you are safe, “as long
as you don’t flaunt it,” which is kinda stupid, but what are you gonna do? Some more statistics. As of 2018, Russia has 410 people per 100,000
serving time behind bars in prison. The total number of people behind bars of
any sort, even those awaiting trial, was a little over 602,000 out of 147 million people. We don’t need to tell you that this is much
less than those in prison in the U.S., but it’s actually still very high in regard
to the rest of the world. As for that other talked about matter of the
moment, gun ownership, in 2016 the Moscow Times reported that about 9 percent of Russians
own a firearm. In terms of the number of guns in a country,
statistics tell us that Russia is not that “gun obsessed”. Another thing is how safe it is to drive. This can be an important matter. A good example is Thailand finding itself
at the top of the most dangerous holiday destinations. While Thailand does have violent crime against
tourists, and you don’t want to go picking fights with the local tuk-tuk drivers, you’ll
find that most of the foreign deaths there, expat or tourist, are down to Thailand’s
incredibly dangerous roads. This is a major safety concern, and visitors
should be aware of it. So, what about Russia, the country where so
many crazy crash videos come from? Well, the latest list we could find didn’t
put Russia in the top 25 dangerous places to drive a vehicle. Still, at 18.9 deaths per 100,000, it’s
in the fairly high category. Expatica tells you this about driving in the
country: “Russia has a poor road safety record, though driving in Russia has improved
in recent years, with a 14 percent drop in accidents between 2010 and 2015, and an 11
percent fall in road deaths.” It said roads can be bad, conditions can be
difficult, and there are loads of traffic rules and driving customs you should read
up on before getting into a car. It also said some Russian drivers will weave
in and out, drive fast and carelessly, and ignore road rules. The article added that this happens less now
as Russian cops are not so easy to bribe and are cracking down on these dangerous drivers. So, what else could be dangerous when visiting
or moving to a new country? Food poisoning? ‘Cos you’ve got to eat, right. Well, any world traveler will know there are
many countries where you can easily get a case of an exploding stomach, that’s why
we have terms such as Delhi belly and Montezuma’s revenge, but Russia doesn’t get on any lists
for countries where that might happen. What about the animals, because getting bitten
by a spider or a snake or even a mosquito can end your life in some places. Well, if you are going to enter the Russian
wilderness then yes, there are some animals you might want to stay away from. We should add, your chances of going home
in a coffin due to meeting one of these is very, very low. Watch out for the brown bear (Mishka), tigers,
wolves, the common northern viper or a little spider called the karakurt. On a more realistic note, you have no risk
of getting malaria according to the NHS, and dengue isn’t a problem. So, you are pretty much good to go in that
regard. All in all, crime in Russia shouldn’t make
it to you unless you are just plain unlucky, particularly if you don’t go getting really
drunk and following a strange man down a dark alley on the promise of receiving illegal
substances. (been there). Also, maybe don’t drive if you haven’t
studied the road rules, and don’t join political protests. So, Do you live in Russia or have you ever
visited Russia? Would you say that it’s a relatively safe
place, contrary to how its portrayed in the media? Let us know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out our other video
called Taboos in Other Countries! Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. See you next time!

  1. Of course not because too many people raging about bad drivers, and people carrying guns around the whole entire country

  2. Хорошее и правдивое видео. Ничего страшного в России нет. Мы рады туристам. Не останавливайтесь на Москве и Санкт-Петербурге. Приезжайте в Сибирь, Алтай, Карелию, Байкал.

  3. 2:22 ХАХАХАХАХХАХ БЛЯ И ТУТ Я ЖИВУ)))))))))

    Почему бы им сюда не приехать? 😂😂😂😂😂

  4. Hello dear friends! I'm from Russia! I advise you to travel around Chechnya, Dagestan, Stavropol Krai !
    It's safe here and everyone will be glad to see you! Black guys put you on the bottle!

  5. If you don't have a bunker, 5 tanks, 2 helicopters , lots of guns and 10 Ton safety door ,then you shouldn't come here.

  6. Is it safe to live in the USA? No! Of course not! Guns legal, many school shootings, crime, nonces.

  7. Лол, я знаю что по стотистики в Россий убийств больше а изнасилование меньше чем в США и НАТО,так что это полная туфта!!! От американцев такую дич не слыхал!!!

  8. I was born in Russia and later was adopted by italians because my birth mom went to jail. I coundnt live with my dad cuz my mom was a prostitude. Now i living a happy life in Canada.

  9. It is safe but I (as a Russian) am bearing witness that the people can be a little rude towards foreigners.
    The level of English isn't high and many Russians are selfish and find their own language too important.
    I think everyone should know english, I mean if you travel to 10 countries you can't learn 10 languages.
    So let's just agree that there is 1 international language and that is English , I like English language.

  10. In terms of animals, the most dangerous thing in Russia really is Lyme infected tick called клещ. At least this is what Russians are most scared of. Grass and trees in public areas get sprayed so you’re fine there but if you plan on visiting somewhere deep in the woods a vaccination shot wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  11. U prolly should know that the mightiest threat of all our fauna are encyphalitis-carrying mites. Theres just no big mammal predators near even average cities, especially if were talkin bout big ones like our 2 capitals. Yep, St. Pete is the second one)) Just like in the US, the most progressive regions stick to the coasts. Central regions have much richer wildlife, plus theres an amount of cryptozoologic stuff in ill-populated spots, lake Labynkar in Yakutia 4 example. In some regions, e.g. Kaliningrad theres a decent risk to hit a moose/deer/boar with a car, but frankly, locals prefer to crash themselves into old Gerry-planted trees that frame some of the old roads. Russia is kinda fun 2 visit, but tough 2 live.

  12. I live in Russia . And you can't saw tigers , but i travel to Magadan , and i saw tigers . Never go with people in perpl jaket , these mafia

  13. "Русские пьют много, особенно мужчины"
    Вы серьезно? Хахаахха

    Sorry если обидела, просто мне смешно

  14. I have been to Russia 4 times. I have been to moscow, st Petersburg and Nalchik and found it very safe. Nalchik had the nicest people. Moscow traffic is terrible!! But i loved russia!!

  15. I'm from India nd will be travelling to Russia on 20th July….hopefully my stay in Russia will be awesome.

  16. Really. If u are LGBT in Russia u will expiriance homophobia every second.

  17. я живу в России, скажу так: вам тут многое простят, будут шутить, прикалываться и смеяться вместе с вами, будут пытаться вас напоить и все будет круто. Но если вы гей, вам этого мало кто простит, скорее всего изобьют, в лучшем случае перестанут общаться. А так приезжайте к нам в Россию, только без наглости)

  18. Я не знаю почему, но мне всегда нравилась Россия, они кажутся очень классными, я бы хотел их посетить один раз

  19. Me and two of my friends visited Moscow and St Petersburg 2 years ago. We are from Israel. I loved Russia and thought the people were very friendly. But the thing about the cops isn't entirely true. We paid him so he wouldn't give us a ticket, lol.

  20. nowadays I think it's safer to live in Russia than in swedenistan,franchistan, belguimstan,united kindgstam, germanistan😂

  21. As long as your alive you are never safe, no matter what country you live in.


  22. 0:50 ахвэвэвэ на футболке парня написано рома лох

  23. в россии шанс умереть больше от окружающей среды, чем от людей. Поэтому бойтесь не людей, а фанарных столбов, многоэтажек, дорог, падающих сосулек…

  24. Death does not in which country or area you are living in. It comes straight to you when your time is over.

  25. Americans say Russians are very bad people but Americans go around the world bombing innocent people including women and children

  26. Че за бред? Много пьют? Хех, а кто лидер по потреблению алкоголя? Россия не на первом месте, хотя было лучше если была в последнем

  27. Send some Cossacks instead of a policemen, that will teach them not to do crimes againts foreign tourist though.

  28. In this video he described Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, this two cities not Russia, they are different country. You can not describe Russia, by looking this 2 cities, pls go to other cities of Russia to see the real BAD experience from Russia

  29. I'm 12 years but i like to trevel by all moskow without sombody, i thing it is safely and you can ask to help anybody without embarrassed, it's normal.

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