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.In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.
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.
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.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.There are, however, reports of racist attacks on those of African and Middle Eastern appearance.Under Ukrainian law you are supposed to carry your passport with you at all times.In most cases these so-called relationships usually begin online, through a dating agency website or social network.