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Etiquette

1. Greetings

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

2. Political Discussions

Russians are, more by circumstance than by desire, accustomed to political discussion. While the younger generation is more politically apathetic than that which grew up in the USSR, discussions on topics such as 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 in the West might be considered to be of a personal nature. ...

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