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Ukraine (Euro-Championship)

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So I have now decided to make plans to visit Ukraine to catch a soccer (football) game...Is there anything a minority like myself should be aware of.....?

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    Since you're asking the question, I presume that means you're aware of the racist incidents at football matches and other locations. My guess would be that there will be a heavy police presence for the championship, preventing incidents in and around the stadiums, but I would still exercise normal caution when out and about - try not to go out alone if you can, avoiding lonely side streets at night etc. Of course, that wouldn't have helped the fans who were beat up at a match while the police did nothing, but I would highly doubt that would be allowed to happen during Euro 2012 (after the media's packed up and left, I wouldn't be so sure.)

    The advice I just gave is the gist of the advice from the UK Foreign Office That page also has some links to other sites that may be useful for your (kind of last minute?) planning.

    I travelled through Ukraine last summer as a solo female with no problems, but I'm white. I did witness one racist incident - a Jewish society was playing traditional music and dancing in a public square in Kiev. There was a small crowd, who seemed to be enjoying the show and joining in with the dancing with no problem, until a shirtless, probably intoxicated man joined the circle of dancers and started dancing around giving a Nazi salute. He was tackled pretty quickly, I think by other members of the Jewish society, and I think eventually taken away by the police. I was pretty shocked by this, and I'm sure that worse goes on.

    Good luck & safe travels!

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