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DK Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: St Petersburg by DK Publishing

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Etiquette

1. Greetings

Men greet each other with a handshake. Women are greeted with a nod or, if they are very close, a kiss on the cheek. Friends of all ages greet each other with the word “Privet!”, while “Zdravstvuyte” is used for formal occasions.

2. Political Discussions

Russians are accustomed to political discussion. While the younger generation is more politically apathetic than that which grew up in the USSR, discussions on the Chechen War can become heated, particularly if a tone critical of Russia’s actions there is taken.

3. Personal Questions

Russians are a lot more willing to ask, and answer, questions that may be considered to be of a personal nature in the West. These may include questions about salaries or even family life. However, ...

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