It’s a very common question I hear from a lot of Americans that are planning to visit Russia. By the way, I highly recommend you to take a look at the reasons to visit Russia in 2017. There are more reasons than you’ve ever imagined! 🙂
Sorry for jumping on a different topic, we are back now 🙂
There is a reason for the Americans to wonder, knowing the tension between the U.S. and Russia since the Cold War. Those times are long gone, the Soviet Union is no longer exist, but in the eyes of many Americans, Russia is still looked as a communist country (which Russia is not anymore).
So, you are wondering if the American tourists are welcome in Russia and if it’s safe for the Americans to travel to Russia.
You’ll be very surprised, but the Russians don’t actually have anything personal for the Americans. I would say, even more, an average Russian would think it’s so cool to meet an American. And if they know at least a little bit of English, be sure that they’ll try to have a conversation with you :).
The Russians really like to talk about politics, so be prepared to hear a lot of questions about Trump, Syria, sanctions and stuff like that. In the Russian media, they talk a lot about the United States, that’s why most of the Russians are very knowledgeable on the topic.
Besides maybe some politics questions, you shouldn’t get any hard time from the Russian people. You really have nothing to worry about.
Is it Safe for an African-American to Travel to Russia?
There is a lot of talking all over the internet that Russia is not a friendly country for the African-Americans and it might not even be safe to visit.
In my personal opinion, things are very different then what they tell you. There is a lot of black people live, study and work in Russia. It’s very common these days to see an African-American walking on the streets of Moscow or St. Petersburg.
According to the Metis Foundation, there are about 40,000 black people live in Russia.
I would say that African-American tourists should probably feel safer in Russia, then at home in the U.S. with all those police shootings.
I’m not saying that there is no racism in Russia at all. There are some idiots, just like anywhere else in the world. But in general, it’s not something you need to be concerned about when traveling to Russia.
I hope you’ll feel welcome in Russia, and you’ll have a wonderful time in my home country!
If you have any other questions you would like to ask, I’ll be more than welcome to give you an answer in the comments below.