Anybody that has actually visited the city will know that there are far too many real police in such places.
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.
Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.
Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
More often than not though, these women will wait until the foreign man is in Ukraine and is most susceptible to their charms.
Shopping extravaganzas and visits to expensive restaurants are the usual methods of extracting cash.
Many taxi drivers will attempt to charge you an exorbitant fee, only revealed at the end of the journey.
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 visitors to Kiev will never notice how bad the country’s roads are.
The road from Boryspil Airport to Kiev is in pretty good shape, as are most of those in the city centre.
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.