/Russian Etiquettes For Indian Students
How should be the behavior of an Indian Student in Russia ?
- Introductions are informal and direct. A smile is only used for greeting personal friends. Smiling is not respectful on formal occasions and smiling for no reason is a sign of idiocy.
- Shake hands when first meeting people and leaving, but never across a threshold. It is a sign of bad luck.
- Russians are still very title-conscious: use titles and show respect.
- Russians think of themselves as being absolutely honest and trustworthy. So don't show distrust.
- Like most nations they are proud of their country. Don't tell them that in your country everything is bigger, cleaner and better organized.
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- If you are invited to a Russian home, it is customary to bring flowers, vodka or wine.
- Dinner is eaten early, about six o'clock or whenever they feel hungry.
- Toasts are common, and the guest must be prepared to return toasts.
- Among younger businessmen you will find more and more non-smokers, teetotalers and even vegetarians. Invitations could include a ballet, circus or concert and dinner in a restaurant
- Russians are puzzled that westerners can spend the equivalent of an annual salary in Moscow hotels and restaurants, but are unwilling to give them a fax machine so that they can communicate more easily.
- Don't click photos of government buildings
- Don't be disrespectful in Russian churches
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