Personal safety: What to consider before you go

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There are 5 main security concerns that travellers to the World Cup in Russia should consider before setting off:1. CRIMINALITY

  • Hooliganism – There is a realistic possibility that during the World Cup large groups of rival supporters may antagonise each other leading to localised violent incidents
  • Petty crime – Street criminals lingering close to sporting venues, fan zones and other major public events may attempt to steal property from those less aware or familiar with their surroundings

2. PROTEST ACTION

  • Protestors – Organised and spontaneous political demonstrations and human rights protests can rapidly degenerate and become dangerous for observers
  • Police response – The Russian security forces’ response to protest action can be swift and uncompromising

3. TERRORISM

  • Terrorist attacks – Radical Islamist militants have issued multiple calls to conduct attacks against Russia during the World Cup. IS-inspired militants and cells with transnational links generate a moderate security risk. For more information, read our advice on what to do in the event of a security incident
  • Government counter terror operations – Russian security services are on alert and will likely conduct anti-terrorist operations ahead of the tournament. These may spill over to the tournament itself

4. CORRUPTION AND INTIMIDATION

  • Public officials and local police may demand bribes from travellers

5. INFORMATION SECURITY

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