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.In most cases these so-called relationships usually begin online, through a dating agency website or social network.Although some of these women are genuinely looking for love, many are simply professional daters exploiting the desperation and generosity of these foreigners.In general, Kiev is as safe as most Western European countries.Organized crime does exist, but unless you’re coming to Kiev to open a chain of casinos the mafias are extremely unlikely to take an interest in you.
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.
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.
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.