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IntroductionThe Russian Federation has over 150 million people, and covers an area of greater than 6,592,800 sq. mi. The country has gone through many changes in recent years, as communism ended in1991. At that time, the U.S.S.R. as it was called, separated into independent states. This separation ended the communism reign that had lasted from 1917 to 1991. |
 Fun Fact Negotiations withRussians often involve flared tempers. During negotiations and meetings, temper tantrums and walkouts often occur. After the break up of the old Soviet Union, fifteen new independent states emerged. Thisnumber, however, is ever changing as boundaries are continually being modified. |
Appearance  Businessmen in Russia usually wear suits that are dark and well tailored along with good dressshoes. A businessman’s wardrobe demonstrates the individual’s image as a professional.   Men often do not take off their jackets in negotiations.   Do not stand with your hands in your pockets. This isconsidered rude.   Women dress rather conservatively, avoiding overly flashy or gaudy outfits.   Women should always cover their heads when entering into any Russian Orthodox Churches.  Skirts should beworn rather than pants.  When attending dinner in a citizen’s home, casual dress of slacks and a nice shirt without a tie are appropriate. |
Behavior    As a foreigner, you are expected tobe on time to all business appointments. However, your Russian counterpart may be late, as this may be a test of your patience. Do not expect an apology from a late Russian, and do not demonstrate anykind of attitude if your business appointments begin one or two hours late.  This may also be a test of your patience.   Social events are more relaxed.  It is acceptable for foreigners to be 15 to 30minutes late.  Patience is an extremely important virtue among Russians; punctuality is not.   Russians are known as great "sitters" during negotiations, this demonstrates their tremendous...
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