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.
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.
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.
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.