The Internet Patrol is provided as a public service by the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy, and edited and primarily authored by Anne P.Mitchell who is an Internet security and privacy attorney.We personally consider it much better to leave our passports in a safe place than to routinely carry it in person and risk losing them. If you have committed an offence they will usually give you the option of going down the official route or paying a bribe and going on your way.Having said that, official guidance from both the US and British embassies states that visitors should carry their passports with them at all times and keep copies in case of loss or theft. They are notoriously corrupt, though you should only come into contact with them if you are driving. Paying the bribe is cheaper than the official fine and less hassle.Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.In one such example, recently reported by the Register, a man using the account name of “Hot Lips” recounts his experience with a Russian dating scamstress, explaining that “After some correspondence, ‘she’, confessed that ‘she’ actually lived in Omsk, Russia.
We personally doubt whether they are as widespread as made out.
It is completely possible in Ukraine to bribe the police and avoid a drink driving or other serious motoring conviction.
In our personal experience we have never been asked to pay a bribe when no traffic offence has been committed.
Marriage and dating scams are quite relatively common.
Many foreign men are tempted to Kiev by the prospect of a relationship with a young and beautiful Ukrainian woman.