Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Russia: Japanese Tourist, 31, Brutally Stabbed to Death While Camping, Robbery Ruled Out

Japanese tourist Ohnita Kaiti, 31, was stabbed nearly thirty times and killed in recent days, while camping alone near a highway in the west Trans-Baikal region of Siberia.  His body was found near the

The victim was found near the Chita-Irkutsk Highway, yet strangely his Suzuki motorcycle, tent, clothes, cell phone, money and other personal items were not taken.

COMMENT: Over the years I have performed consulting assignments for both the Japanese government as well as several Japanese multinationals. As a result, I have always been struck by the fact that so many Japanese travelers, being from a country with a relatively low rate of violent crime, are often ill-prepared for the perilous risks they face outside of their homeland.

Unfortunately, Siberia specifically and Russia generally are both destinations that are fraught with a high threat of criminal violence, particularly for solo travelers. Over the last couple of years, I have cautioned travelers concerning the prevailing threat in hikers' hostels and in camping out alone, where the probability of violence is very high.

Tragically, in recent months I have posted a number of reports where solo travelers have been robbed, raped or murdered. Although perhaps the world was a kinder, gentler place to travel in two or three decades ago, but today I strongly discourage solo travel in high-risk areas because a person traveling alone is so vulnerable to being preyed upon, particularly when asleep.

In today's world there are few "safe" countries anywhere. Although it would be nice if there were, but sadly there are not. Consequently, travelers who fail to have a strong sense of personal security awareness will become tomorrow's victims.

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