The first impression of many foreigners, particularly those visiting large cities, is an environment void of emotion.
Strangers seldom greet one another on the street, cashiers rarely engage in “small talk” and a simple smile is sometimes difficult to find.
Russians consider it important to make regular and frequent toasts.
No-one should even start drinking at table without making a polite toast to demonstrate that they are aware of their surroundings and want to share the pleasure.
If you are intimately involved in Russian dating, understanding the Soviet people, their culture, and traditions is a vital process.
Traditions in Russia are more important than their laws.
To minimize the culture shock for first time visitors, we’ve outlined some of the more prevalent conventions of social behavior found in Russia, Ukraine and former Soviet states.
And if he does not want to spend money on courting his chosen lady, then he is “greedy” (the word Russians use for “stingy” or “cheap”) and not a “real man”.
The rating of such a man significantly drops in a woman’s eyes.
No-one finds it necessary to listen in silence while someone makes a speech at a formal social occasion.
At an inaugural dinner and prize-giving of a major cultural award by a Western European company none of the Russian intelligentsia accepted their place settings, and chaos prevailed as literary and other luminaries roamed around the dining hall moving chairs and making non-sense of the carefully-organized seating plan.