S: Caitlyn- Global Business Etiquette
BC: 1) www.kwinessessentials.co.uk/resources/global-ettiquette/ 2) http://news.yahoo.com/topics/russia
1: I'm just interested in learning more about the Russian culture. | Why I selected This Country
2: Facts And Statistics | Location: Northern Asia Capital: Moscow
4: Climate: Ranges from steppes in the south through humid continental in much of Europe. Winters vary from cool along Black Sea coast or frigid in Siberia. Summers vary from warm in the steppes to cool along Arctic coast. Population: 143,782,338 Ethnic Makeup: Russian 81.5%, Tatar 3.8%, Ukrainian 3%, Chuvash 1.2%, Bashkir 0.9%, Belarusian 0.8%, Moldavian 0.7%, other 8.1%. Religion: Russian Orthodox, Muslim | Facts & Statistics
6: Language, Culture, and Society | Language: Over 81% of Russia's population speaks the official Russian language. Culture & Society: 1) They believe that everybody's business is also everyone else's business, so strangers will stop and tell someone that they are breaking the rules or doing something wrong. 2) All Russian families are dependent on every other member of the family. 3) They take pride in their cultural heritage, and they expect the rest of the world to admire it.
9: Etiquette and Customs | 1) They take off their outer shoes when entering a house that they were invited into. 2) When invited into a house for a meal, the male must bring flowers. But not yellow ones. 3) It is considered bad luck to give a baby gift before the baby is born. 4) When females meet, they kiss each other's cheek three times, starting with the left. 5) You should always offer to help the host/hostess clear up the table after the meal.
10: Business and Etiquette Protocol | . | 1) The first week of May has several public holidays, so people try to avoid making appointments on those days as much as possible. 2) Meetings and coming to final decisions are very time consuming in Russia; Russians hate to be rushed. 3) Russians see compromise as weakness. They do not believe in "win-win" situations. 4) Nothing is final until a contract is signed. Even then, some will change the contract to suit their preferences. 5) Russians see nothing wrong with canceling appointments on short notice.
12: Russia: In the News | Putin's chief of staff named new mayor of Moscow. Russia nears membership in the World Economic Club. Putin set to approve $59 billion Russian asset sale.