Russian Meeting Etiquette

Meeting Etiquette
  • Initial greetings may seem cool. But it is a traditional form of greeting, which doesn’t mean complaint. Do not expect a lot of positive and friendliness. Try to be serious.
  • A handshake is necessary when greeting or leaving, for men. Your relationship with a person doesn’t matter at all. It is a sign of respect. Don’t forget to remove your gloves before shaking hands.
  • The typical greeting is a firm, almost bone-crushing handshake while maintaining direct eye contact and giving the appropriate greeting for the time of day.

Russian Meeting Etiquette

  • Sometimes it’s possible to have a handshake with women. But it is more likely for the business relationship. And the handshake itself is less firm.
  • When female friends meet, they hug each other or kiss on the cheek three times, starting with the left and then alternating.
  • When close male friends meet, they may hug or shake hands.
Russian Gift Giving Etiquette

Gifts are given in New Year, and Orthodox Christmas.
Russian Meeting Etiquette

  • In case if you’ve received an invitation to a Russian home for a meal, bring a gift.
  • Male guests are expected to bring flowers.
  • Avoid giving flowers of yellow and black colors.
  • If you prepare a gift for a baby, remember that you shouldn’t give a gift until the baby is born. It is considering as a bad luck
Names in Russia. How to address people.

Russian Meeting Etiquette

  • First name (person’s given name).
  • Middle name, (a patronymic – a denominative from the father’s first name formed by adding ‘- vich’ or ‘-ovich’ for a male and ‘-avna’ or ‘- ovna’ for a female.) For example, the son of Ivan would have a patronymic of Ivanovich, and the daughter’s patronymic would be Ivanovna.
  • Last name (is the family or surname).
  • Russian etiquette requires using all three names in case of formal or business meeting. In case if you meet your friends or close acquaintances, it’s possible to use their first name. The same is with best friends and family members.
The niceties of table manners

 In case if you received an invitation to a Russian’s house:
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  • Try to come on time. Not earlier than appointed time, and you could come maximum 15 minutes later.
  • Do not rest your elbows on the table, although your hands should be visible at all times.
  • You will often be urged to take second helpings.
  • It is polite to use bread to soak up gravy or sauce.
  • Men pour drinks for women seated next to them.
  • Do not get up until you are invited to leave the table. At formal dinners, the guest of honor is the first to get up from the table.
  • To make a good contact with the hosts, offer them a help with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served. In the most cases it your it will be refused, but to offer means to show respect.
  • Take off your outdoor shoes when arriving. You may be given house shoes. It would not consider a bad manner if you refuse wearing them.
  • Dress in casual style. Dressing well shows respect for your hosts.
  • Expect to be treated with honor and respect.

Russian Meeting Etiquette

  • Remove your outdoor shoes. You may be given slippers to wear.
  • Table manners are Continental — the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
  • Do not rest your elbows on the table, although your hands should be visible at all times.
  • You will often be urged to take second helpings.
  • It is polite to use bread to soak up gravy or sauce.
  • Men pour drinks for women seated next to them.
  • Leaving a small amount of food on your plate indicates that your hosts have provided ample hospitality.
  • Do not get up until you are invited to leave the table. At formal dinners, the guest of honor is the first to get up from the table.

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