I am planning to travel to Moscow and St Petersburg alone as a man on my own in late April for a week . I just wonder if it is safe as alone traveler in these cities, I just read from some travel books ,there especially in Moscow, tourists can still get mugged, Police on the streets can stop you and demand an on the spot fine from you for no reason and Asian Tourists ( I am Asian ) can be targeted for attack by some hate groups. Of course, I know it will be better to join a guided tour but I am always more interested in doing it myself on travels and I really want to go to the historic and engrossing Moscow and St.Petersburg.
Please advise on what I should do to stay alert. And Thanks for all replies in advance