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There are, however, reports of racist attacks on those of African and Middle Eastern appearance.
Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.
Although the police in Kiev are no angels, they don’t, unlike their counterparts in Moscow, routinely pester foreigners for documents and bribes.
We have never been stopped in the street by the police and very rarely see others being stopped and having their documents checked.
A bogus policeman then appears and demands to see the tourist’s wallet.
At some point during the inspection he secretly pockets some cash, before handing it back and informing the tourist he is innocent and can go on his way. But quite frankly, the idea of large numbers of fake police frequenting Kiev’s tourist hotspots is preposterous.
The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.
The woman will come up a sob story about a sick child, dying mother, or how she needs money for a visa and plane ticket to visit her new love.
If you really have to get a taxi from the street, always agree a price before getting in the vehicle and you shouldn’t have any problems.Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.Book a taxi by phone or use an online ordering service and you should be given a price.Most difficulties arise when you catch a taxi in the street and don’t determine a price beforehand.