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Have a trip planned in May. But worried in view of recent airport attack

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    Iris, it's good to be a bit worried - it means you'll have your situational radar switched on - but don't over-react.
    The same group which was responsible for the Moscow airport bombing is also said to be responsible for the Moscow metro attacks the previous year (2 women suicide bombers set off bombs at 2 of the metro system's busiest stations, at peak hour killing 40 and injuring hundreds).
    Chechen separatists have been conducting these kinds of attacks since 1994, and unfortunately there's no end in sight to their campaign.
    is it "safe now"?... I'd say: no change.
    Best thing to do when you go is to be aware of what's going on around you, and if you see something suspicious A) move away and B) report it.
    Avoid metro stations at peak hour. When you go to the airport baggage claim, stand back a bit rather than in the crowd. It's difficult, because you are a tourist and want to go see tourist attractions, but try to avoid big crowds which are the natural target of the terrorist.
    In reality, the chances of being a victim of a terror attack are very, very slim, you should be more concerned about road and traffic safety than terrorists... watch out for Russian drivers who may use the footpath to get where they're going! over 9 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    hi Iris,

    Phil is spot on, you have much higher odds of being ripped off in Moscow, as aopposed to falling victim of a terrorist attack, but it pays to have your wits about you. I'd also add to avoid allowing people who are not staff into your hotel room, unless you know them. Apart from that, enjoy the sights, both st Peterburg and Moscow are beautiful cities with lots of history and amazing architecture. Just make sure you have all your visa requirements sorted. over 9 years ago

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    Do not beleive everything you heard from CNN. There are no wild bears on the Moscow streets. over 9 years ago

    Answered by Victor via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    The recent airport attack should not impede you from traveling to Russia. Both Moscow and St. Petersburg have increased security both at airports and train stations. The 9/11 attacks did not stop people from traveling to NYC and this event should not stop you from visiting Russia. It is also helpful to see Moscow and St. Petersburg using a tourist operator who can help you and assist you during your visit. Using such a tour company as TJ Travel - http://st-petersburg-tours.com will not only assist you in having safe travels but can make your experience in Russia more enjoyable. Also, where you stay can be very important for your safety. For example, in Moscow and St. Petersburg I advise you to stay in the center of the city. There are many choices available and if we speak about safety, boutique hotels can be "off the radar" of tourist and criminals (for example those people who might want to rob a foreigner). For example, in the center of St. Petersburg I can recommend Hotel Vera - http://www.hotelvera.ru which is a truly boutique hotel with 70 rooms and wonderful service for foreign guests. In my experience service can also be an issue in Russia, even more so than safety. But to go back to your original question, I suggest you to continue with your trip and enjoy all the majesty Russia has to offer. Safe travels!!!! over 9 years ago

    Answered by Brian Schweitzer via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    It is safe.
    No more worries about 7 years ago

    Answered by Alexandr Kim via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    It's not safe!!!! Carefull, there are a lot of bears everywhere. about 7 years ago

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    No problem
    If meet bears don't touch it almost 7 years ago

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    here are some words about safety in Moscow - http://ruscow.com/safety/safety.html about 6 years ago

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