“Maybe 20 years ago I probably would have asked people coming to this country, especially Black people, to be cautious… because of the prevalence of racism,” Ambassador Ugbah responded. “That was 20 years ago. Things have changed now,” he added. Modern Russian society is “much more tolerant, much more exposed,” the ambassador believes.
“The level of security that I’ve seen in this country is what gives me that confidence that Russia is a safe place for black people,” the Ambassador said, adding that Russia is often “misrepresented” abroad.
“My daughter, who is 16 years old, says [that] Moscow is safer than where she lived in the United States. Moscow is safer. The school she attends is safer than the school she attended in the United States,” Ugbah said. “So what I’m saying – it’s a matter of opening up, of experiencing your own experience.”
“My own advice to people – come and see for yourselves. And don’t base your decisions on rumors that you’ve heard,” the official concluded.