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Foreigners in Russia

Russia simultaneously attracts and repels foreigners. Not everyone is willing to visit our country, even if it is wholly lacking in the funds. Those who still dare to visit the country of bears and dolls, certainly will face certain difficulties and are likely to experience culture shock. To protect his countrymen from all sorts of trouble and help them as soon as possible to adapt to the new reality, foreign publishers provide valuable tips on how should or should not behave in Russia.

Do not think that all Russians are rude and aggressive
Foreigners arriving in large Russian cities (especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg), it seems that people around them do not notice anything around. Passersby look at each other blankly, and never smile. Many people can take their harsh facial expressions of aggression and evil character. In fact, foreign psychologists say, the behavior of Russian in public places and surrounded by familiar people is very different. Russian smile only when they really want to do this. For example, if you hear something funny or pleasant. They often give a smile to their loved ones and friends. Therefore, if a stranger smiles interlocutor during the conversation, it does not mean that it is set aggressively or has something against him.
Do not try to change the situation
Sometimes Russian may seem rude and tactless. They do not ask is barely familiar person personal question. But some people like and do not interfere in other people's lives and even give advice. This is especially true of older people who can easily express their negative opinion about the appearance or behavior of a stranger. Moreover, they even insist that people listened to their advice and always corrected. The best way out of this situation, according to US journalists - is to reconcile and not to object.
Forget about personal space
Russian did not observe personal space. It is for them simply do not exist. One Englishwoman living for several years in Moscow, recalls with a smile: "In the UK courtesy of passersby to give each other the way. And if suddenly someone and face a stranger, both immediately begin to apologize. In Moscow, the constant jostling. People have long been accustomed to push, so no excuses not to anyone. "
Particular attention is paid to foreign tourists advises on behavior in turns: "In all try to be as close as possible to the person in front. Do not leave the front of the slightest loophole, otherwise someone will certainly fit before you jump the queue. " You can imagine what a shock the British experience, accustomed to stand at a distance from each other even in the bus ...
Be careful with drinks
Foreign media are advised to be especially careful to men. In their view, meet Russian Foreign visitors in grand style and will make every effort to make the guest satisfied. According to them, "contentment" is abundant drinking, after which the next day wake up, many under the table. "Never underestimate the power of Russian vodka, otherwise you will not wake up under the table and under the hospital bed" - lovingly warn journalists.
Forget about the service sector
In Russia, almost no concept of "service industry", and those foreigners who are accustomed to polite treatment may be unpleasantly surprised tactless or indifferent treatment in the various Russian institutions.
The gift does not mean a bribe
Corruption remains a serious problem in Russia. Many Russians say they hate vzyatnichestvo. However, the country can hardly find a person who never gave bribes or gifts. By the way, gifts, foreign media say, are a disguised form of vzyatnichestva. The Russians do not see anything wrong with that, in time to make a gift "to the right person." Men are usually presented with a bottle of expensive vodka, whiskey or liquor, women - a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates or perfume. Foreigners are advised to take note of this delicate detail of the Russian reality. "If you learn to give gifts, you will be easier to assign important meetings and established contacts with interesting people," notes "Expatarrivals.com".
Be prepared for the inconvenience
Living conditions in Russia is much lower than in America or Europe. Many homes have long been subject to demolition or restoration, and the size of the rooms and apartments are very small compared with European standards, so foreign tourists should very carefully approach the selection of hotels. In addition, according to foreign media reports, Russia's hard to find items online and international communication.
Nevertheless, despite all the difficulties, which warned of the newspaper, the flow of foreign tourists in Russia continues unabated. Whether foreigners want a taste of the exotic, or consider a visit to our country something extreme: who knows? But those who accept the Russian reality as it is, without trying to change it, and does not condemn, he discovers a completely different world.

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