Most of the time its grey, square, Soviet constructed buildings void of emotion. Enter an apartment building and and walk up a few flights of stairs.
First time visitors to Russia and Ukraine are often pleasantly surprised, sometimes confused, and in certain cases, taken back by the peculiarities of Russian etiquette.
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.
Although this isn’t a great revelation (this is still customary for most cultures around the world), some feminists from the West may object to a certain degree of “inequality”.
A point that may appease such feminists, is the fact that this gender gap is much less prevalent in younger generations.
Every culture has its unique etiquette and customs.
For the most part (with slight variations from country to country – region to region), Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet nations all share similar “rules” of social behavior.This is, without a doubt, the biggest barrier to foreign business in Russia.Without a trusted local partner, many Westerns struggle to figure out all the nuances of the Russian system.Accordingly, Russian women tend to dress much more femininely (as to accentuate their beauty) and men still adhere to traditional male etiquette.For guys visiting Russia (particularly for guys who will be courting a female), here are a few good manners to remember.Any visitor who has formed a friendship with Russians and/or Ukrainians can attest to this experience.