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Personal safety



By international standards, the RF is a rather safe country, with not very high levels of violence and street crime. However, as a visitor you need to be aware of the types of situations that may put you at risk and what you can do to avoid them. Should you have the misfortune to be involved in any incident involving theft or personal attack, report it as soon as possible to the police. The police have a duty to protect all citizens and can be safely approached. Also, you will need a certificate from the police if you need to claim for theft on an insurance policy.

In an emergency you can contact the emergency services: fire, police or ambulance, by dialling 01 from any public telephone or 112 from your mobile phone. This call is free of charge but should be used only in an emergency. Non-emergency calls to the police should be made to your local police station using the local telephone number in the telephone directory.

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Prepared by O. Zakharova

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