A bogus policeman then appears and demands to see the tourist’s wallet.At some point during the inspection he secretly pockets some cash, before handing it back and informing the tourist he is innocent and can go on his way. But quite frankly, the idea of large numbers of fake police frequenting Kiev’s tourist hotspots is preposterous.The scams can start before the foreigner even arrives in the city.The woman will come up a sob story about a sick child, dying mother, or how she needs money for a visa and plane ticket to visit her new love.Many drivers would argue that this is a better system, particularly those from countries such as the UK where fines are heavy and issued automatically.The families of those killed in Ukraine by drunk or dangerous drivers would disagree.Crimes perpetrated against visitors are generally low level.Acts of mindless drunken violence such as those which commonly occur in British cities are rare.
Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.
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.
In over 10 years of visiting and living in Kiev we have never been the victims of a street scam and have never met anybody who has actually fallen prey to such a crime.
We strongly suspect that the risk is blown out of proportion by other websites regurgitating content from elsewhere to fill their pages and appear authoritative. Supposedly the scammer walks ahead of the tourist and drops his wallet.