As a non-native, do not assume familiarity; wait for your Russian acquaintances to take the lead.
Russian body language Russians are wary of anyone who appears insincere.
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Apartments are usually small, but you'll frequently find that more than one family generation lives together.
Russians have a general affinity for groups, so if you are invited to someone's home, it's likely that you will feel welcome and part of their collective family unit.
If you are invited to a Russian home for a meal, arrive on time and bring a small gift (men are expected to bring flowers).
In formal situations, people use all three names when referring to other.
Russian greetings A firm, almost bone crushing, handshake is typical greeting when meeting someone in Russia.
(Although the handshake between women and men is less firm.) Russians also maintain direct eye contact while giving the appropriate greeting for the time of day.
Whistling indoors is frowned upon as it is superstitiously thought to herald poor financial performance.
When pointing, do not use a single finger but gesture with your whole hand.
In contrast, friends and close acquaintances may refer to each other by their first name and patronymic, while close friends and family members call each other by their first name only.