Discovering the Russian soul is like opening a matryoshka, a Russian doll, revealing the many layers. The Russian orthodox religion is unique; Russian history is tragic; and the people are unpredictable. Russia’s military and political power, as well as the rich contribution of its art and culture, is the result of an inner dynamic not always understood by outsiders.
Culture Smart! Russia sets out to help you to become a more perceptive traveller, and to make your trip more personally fulfilling. It explores the connections between Russia’s turbulent past and its paradoxical present; it describes presentday values and attitudes, and offers practical advice on what to expect and how to behave in different social circumstances.
Always remove your footwear before you enter a Russian’s home, a tradition held from the slushy spring months. Even events with large attendances will see everyone remove their shoes when stepping over the threshold. Some Russian’s even bring smenka (auxiliary footwear) to engagements. Luckily for you, Russian’s usually have many spare pairs of tapochki (slippers) for guests.