Customs in Russia
Russian is the official language of Russia, spoken by over 81% of the population.
Currency used in Russia is the Ruble (RUB) - P
In Russia, obligation to one's family is number one priority. Most extended families reside together under one roof.
Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization
A conventional greeting in Russia is a very firm handshake, direct eye contact and the appropriate greeting for the time of day.
If you are invited to a Russian home for dinner, be prompt. Bring your hostess a small gift of flowers, liquor or chocolates (if you bring flowers, avoid yellow ones and even numbers). When the host or hostess answers the door, take note of whether or not they are wearing shoes, you may be asked to remove yours.
Remain standing until you are shown to your seat and wait to eat until you are invited to begin. It is acceptable to use your bread to soak up sauce or gravy, and it is not considered impolite to leave a small amount of food on your plate when you are finished eating.
When it comes to gratuity, tipping is acceptable and appreciated in Russia.
Customs and Etiquette in Business
Appointments are necessary and should be made as early as possible. Avoid scheduling meetings in May as many Russians take holidays during this time. Punctuality is a must, if you might be even five minutes late, place a phone call to let your Russian business counterparts know.
Men should dress conservatively in a dark suit and tie, and ladies should wear conservative dresses or business suits that do not go above the knees. Shoes should be polished.
One side of your business card should be printed in Russian using Cyrillic text. Make sure to include your company's founding date along with any university degrees.