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Cultural differences in Russia

over 9 years ago about Russia

I'm going to Russia for the first time. Is there any custom or cultural difference that I should respect? Are they liberal?

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    They are good, just feel free. over 9 years ago

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    Yeah all is good. Please leave your Muslim garb at home. Everything else is free game. Russia is the best. over 9 years ago

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    Russia is easy to understand if you you are friendly.
    And remember: "those who will come to us with the sword by the sword will perish"; Alexander Nevsky=) over 9 years ago

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    Oh forgot to mention, they just seems to be haughty and unwelcome. Anyway take a elementary precaution. over 9 years ago

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    Actually, Russia is not understandable, just consider everything like "it must be"!!! over 9 years ago

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    Feel free and welcome) over 9 years ago

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    It actually depends on which part of Russia you're visiting. Big cities like Moscow and St. Pete are cool towards almost any sort of behavior, but the provincial towns are very much gay-unfriendly and may be unpredictably aggressive towards foreigners (and big city folk alike) who are too dressy or look too rich or carry around expensive cameras and use ipads and laptops in public. Provincial folk also hates people-hunting photographers.

    It's pretty customary for Russians to invite you to their home if they like you. Usually you will be offered to wear a pair of tapki (slippers) when you come in. Often you will also be offered to eat something. Conservative folk gets upset if you refuse. Be prepared to drink lots of chai.

    You have to tip the waiters at all cafes and restaurants, the usual tip is ten percent.

    Don't smile to people in the streets just because you met someone's gaze (unless you really like the person!), you might get an unexpected reaction. A guy I automatically smiled to on the metro followed me home thinking I was flirting with him. It's fine to smile in normal social situations though.

    Russians don't smile much, but that doesn't mean they're unfriendly.

    Don't talk loudly or take photos of people in churches. over 9 years ago

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    Don't worry
    Muslim gay black or white no problem
    Be friendly about 7 years ago

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