Is it dangerous to travel in Russia, as a dark-skinned Muslim?

  1. while travelling by train from St Petersburg to Vladivostok.
  2. Skolkovo, Moscow Oblast
  3. Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
  4. Moscow, Russia

Robbery, racist attacks, forced feeding of pork and alcohol, and so on?

Explain why.

  • Do the answers to this question Visiting Russia as an Arab. Am I going to be hassled? answer your question? Feb 9, 2017 at 10:38
  • @user568458, let me see.
    – user57150
    Feb 9, 2017 at 10:41
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    I think you're over-estimating how much racists know (or care) about the world and different nationalities... For example I've heard of plenty of cases of racists attacking Sikhs while shouting anti-muslim slogans... Feb 9, 2017 at 10:54
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    @anonymous "Indian people will always get privilege anywhere in the world while travelling because everyone knows that they are nonmuslims" What? 14% of India's population is Muslim.
    – DeepSpace
    Feb 9, 2017 at 13:09
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    I also don't think you need to be in Skolkovo. It's basically a half-abandoned construction site, and if anything interesting is there it's probably on the wrong side from rail station. Better go visit something from Golden Ring. Or walk around Yandex campus and Mail.Ru skyscrapers.
    – alamar
    Feb 10, 2017 at 4:51

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I think that this question should be closed as, talking about russian radicals and racists, they aren't distinguishing people by the religion, and they barely know the difference between muslim and hindu (they main idea is Russia is for Russians, they even can't say what exactly Russian), so the referenced questions, in general, answer your question:

Moscow and Saint-Petersburg are two biggest cities in Russia, and staying in their center part is reasonably safe, if you do not enter some suspicious bars and do not talk to the suspicious people.

However, train to the Vladivostok and Skolkovo is different, as there you'll definitely attract the attention of locals, so, if you can, find a company to these trips. Robbery in trains isn't a rare thing, regardless your skin and religion, you just should avoid strangers. About the pork and alcohol, I don't think that it's a real danger. If you're in conflict, your health is in danger, not your soul.

Also, Ukraine and Russia are different countries, so you shouldn't use some cases from one country to make a decision about another (there are more aggressive radicals in the Ukraine than in Russia).

  • It's pretty obvious to us what Russian is.
    – alamar
    Feb 10, 2017 at 0:27
  • @alamar Really? Could you please share?
    – VMAtm
    Feb 10, 2017 at 2:28
  • Imagine the response you'll get somewhere in a Red US State if you'll go like Who these "Americans" even are? at a random dude. I suppose it will be along the lines of "f-- you". Not because they don't know who Americans are, mind you.
    – alamar
    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:22
  • So, no answer. Ok, another question. My parents are from Kaliningrad and some small city near Ural. Grandparents are from Ukraine, Karelia, Amur oblast and Tatarstan. There are two religions in my family, Muslim and Orthodox Christianity. So, would I qualify as Russian? And how exactly can you decide it? And I really doubt that a random dude from a Red State is a radical and a racist.
    – VMAtm
    Feb 10, 2017 at 3:35
  • Liberties aren't given, they are taken. Do YOU qualify yourself as Russian? Yes or No?
    – alamar
    Feb 10, 2017 at 4:13