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.
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.
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I read this site - http://www.cyborlink.com/besite/russia.htm and found a few statements interesting, like: