Join John Adams, world renowned Intl Matchmaker, Monday nights 8:30 EST for Live Webcasts!
And check out Five Reasons why you should attend a FREE AFA Seminar! See locations and dates here.

View Active Topics       View Your Posts       Latest 100 Topics       FAQ Topics       Mobile Friendly Theme

Questions about Russian etiquette/behavior

Discuss culture, living, traveling, relocating, dating or anything related to Russia, Ukraine, or the former Soviet Republics.

Moderators: jamesbond, fschmidt

Post Reply
Freshman Poster
Posts: 3
Joined: June 12th, 2013, 6:20 pm

Questions about Russian etiquette/behavior

Post by mk09 » June 19th, 2013, 7:16 am

I read this site - and found a few statements interesting, like:

As a foreigner, you are expected to be 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 any kind of attitude if your business appointments begin one or two hours late. This may also be a test of your patience.

Patience is an extremely important virtue among Russians; punctuality is not.

Some 'hard-line' Russians still view compromise as a sign of weakness, and often refuse to back down. To these individuals, compromising is bad business.
could someone who has been in Russia explain the rationale of these statements? I'm just curious because punctuality and compromise are valued in the West.

Junior Poster
Posts: 513
Joined: September 3rd, 2012, 8:32 pm

Post by terminator » June 20th, 2013, 8:54 am

I personally never found many Russians to "try your patience" by being purposely late. Although, driving through Moscow traffic always makes people late.

This is the kind of "test" Am Women use to "weed out" Am Men who don't look like Brad Pitt!

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Last post

Return to “Russia, Ukraine, Former Soviet Republics”