Smiling at strangers, wearing shoes in the house or making joke about other people… are unacceptable in Russia.
1. Don’t shake hands with your gloves on
Shaking hands with your gloves on is considered an extremely rude thing in Russia. Remeber to always take your gloves off before shake hands with anyone. Another thing you should keep in mind is shaking hands through window is also not acceptable since the local people consider it a sign of bad luck.
2. Don’t take the last coat
This is a popular proverb among the Russian. It basically means that don’t take the last of anything, and if you receive something from the others, always give something in return. You will notice that the Russian are mostly very generous even if they are not very rich. You are also advised not to receive any presents unless you really want and gently reject several times before you actually accept the present.
3. Don’t make joke about the other’s family
Making joke about any members of the Russian family is considered a lack of respect and outrage as well. However, you can totally make joke about other topics such as gender, politics, religion,…
4. Always respect the elderly
On buses or other transportations, always remember to give priority to the elderly. This action is almost compulsory in Russia.
5. Sharing bills is unacceptable
When you go out eating with a group , have someone represent the group to pay instead of sharing the bill. Especially eating in a restaurant with Russian women, men are always the one to pay.
6. Don’t give empty wallet as present
The Russian think that giving an emty wallet to other people means you curse them to forever be poor. Therefore, if you want to give someone wallet as a present, put some money or something you like in it.
7. Don’t let women carry stuffs
Russian women are very independent, however, men have to be gallant to women by helping them open the door or carrying stuffs for them.
8. Smile without any reason is the sign of foolish
The Russian are very friendly, however, they only smile with the friends or family members. Therefore, don’t smile with strangers on the road if you don’t want to be considered a foolish.
9. Don’t join a part with emty hands
When you joining a party or visit a Russian family, always bring some gifts such as a wine bottle, a bouquet of flowers… The Russian take care their guests very well so bringing a gift will express your greatfulness to them.
10. Don’t wear shoes in the house
The Russian always leave the shoes in front of the door, therefore, if you walk around their house with your shoes on, it represent your disrespect.
11. Sitting at the corner of the table
This is a big no no especially for Russian young ladies. Sitting at the corner of the table is thought to be a bad luck, they will never have a lover or husband.
12. Don’t whistle in the house
Whistling seems to be normal in other countries but in Russia, it is a bad luck of finace and will attract the cockroach.
13. Rebuffing the drink
This is considered a rude rejection to the Russian. It means that you are being disrespectful and don’t want to be friend with them.
14. Don’t leave an emty bottle on the table
In the Russian’s party, all the empty bottles with be put on the floor or other places. It is said to bring bad luck if you leave them on the table.
15. Dress nicely
The Russian are well aware of their appearances, whether they are just going to the market or preparing for a party. It is so hard to find a Russian women with no makeup on when they go out of their houses.