Each country has its own rules of conduct. If a thing is perceived to be made in one country, it is absolutely taboo in another. See what you should not do in Russia.
- Do not go on a visiting without a gift
When you are visiting someone, do not go without bringing something. It is customary to bring a gift for the home or just a box of chocolates to the host. You can also bring beverage or maybe flowers. The gesture is important. Be sure, however, that the host in Russia will not be happy if you show up only with a smile on his/her doorstep.
- Do not allow ladies to pay bill
Russia is one of the countries where it is still considered the man to pay the bill. Therefore we recommend you to take care of the costs of the dinner, if you are meeting with a Russian woman. Also remember small gentlemanly gestures that some are obsolete – pulling the chair, opening the door and taking the coat.
- Do not ignore the body language
When you communicate with Russians never ignore body language. Russians are pretty open people – for them the hugs, the handshake and even kisses on the cheeks are normal. Remember these little rules, otherwise your attitude may be considered rude and impolite. Also, do not be surprised if during a conversation your companion is too close to you. Avoid lifting your thumb to say okay, this is considered rude.
- Do not insult their culture
In many countries, tactless remark concerning the culture will be passed over lightly. Not in Russia. Avoid making negative comments about Russian culture, music and art. It will make a good impression if you show knowledge of these issues and say a few kind words.
- Do not rush with the alcohol
According to the Russian label of behavior, especially in the business world, you should not drink before the first official toast. The same goes for eating. It is customary that guests start eating after the host is sitting at the table and began to eat.
- Do not joke with the family
In Russia, the family is an institution that is respected. Therefore it is advisable to not tomake jokes with the family of the person or of yours. This is a manifestation of bad manners and is very risky how it is going to be accepted.
- Be careful with the origin
Not everyone in Russia is Russian even if he/she speaks a language that sounds like Russian. Many citizens of Russia are of other ethnic groups or nationalities, so you must be very careful. Make a difference between Russia and the smaller states around and between the Russian language and other similar to it. Unless you are well aware, do not try to make comments about the former Soviet republics and the story about the collapse of the USSR.