There are certain peculiarities that only Russians have and it's useful to know them.
• We express what we feel, but we're not extrovert. It's acceptable to show affection in public (look at how many kissing couples there are on the long escalators in Moscow metro! You won't see a lot of people sitting in public places with their legs stretched or crossed (in an American way) and Russians do not gesticulate much when they are talking.
• Most Russians feel a bit strange about gays and lesbians, but prefer not to talk or express their feelings about it.
By the way, if you drink with us, you'll have to drink as much as we do, or we will be offended. We think that a sudden change from communism to capitalism has something to do with it, but this topic deserves a more thorough exploration.
The only smart explanation that can be proposed here is that some of us jumped too deep into capitalist world, while some stayed too far behind. It's not because we're bad - we just like everything extraordinary.
• Most of us know a few words in English, but we are too shy to speak - no practice, you see...
However, you will be surprised at how many things are written in English on the streets: it is used to show a shop or a cafe, to advertise a new product, and there's a lot of foreign goods.If you want to visit clubs, they have this thing called "dress code" where you might not be allowed because you wear Nike sneakers, old khakis or a fleece coat.However, the rules are more lax for foreigners, so if unsure about your appearance just speak English while you're passing the club's entrance, and you're guaranteed to get in.Below we tried to list some common traits of the Russian character and list some things that Russians love and hate.If you are lucky enough to meet a person whose character incorporates all of the items from the list below, we can assure you that this person possesses the pure Russian spirit and should be treated with high respect.So, if you see two housewives discussing how bad their day went because of the electro-magnetic storm that happened in the afternoon - don't think they are adepts of some sort of new age philosophy, it's completely normal here.hand, you can never ever do it through the door: you have to come in, otherwise we will quarrel.