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.
Anybody that has actually visited the city will know that there are far too many real police in such places.
Ukrainian police aren’t perfect but certainly wouldn’t tolerate bogus police operating on their patch.
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.
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.
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.
Book a taxi by phone or use an online ordering service and you should be given a price.