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Russia. Laura Watson. Location. Largest country in the world. Nearly twice the size of the United States. Northern Asia. Four of the world’s largest rivers: Lena, Ob, Volga, and Yenisey . Capital is Moscow. Climate/Land. Climate varies throughout the region.

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Laura watson


Laura Watson


  • Largest country in the world.

  • Nearly twice the size of the United States.

  • Northern Asia.

  • Four of the world’s largest rivers: Lena, Ob, Volga, and Yenisey.

  • Capital is Moscow.


  • Climate varies throughout the region.

  • The winter last from November to March

    *Except in Siberia where the winters last 9 months.

  • The plains cover a large portion of Russia.

  • A large frozen tundra is in the North.

  • Forests are located in the West.

  • The Ural Mountain divides Russia’s European side from its Asian regions.


  • The population of 143.4 million is shrinking annually by 0.37%.

  • There are 120 ethnic groups but are relatively small.

  • Russians make up 81.5%, while other groups like Tartars (3.8%) and Ukrainians (3%) have low population.

  • The largest city is Moscow where more than 13 million people reside.

  • Russian is the official language. The alphabet has 33 letters which look the same but pronounced differently.

  • The main religion is Christianity. Now, religion of all types is tolerated.


  • Due to their history, they have had very little say about their life.

  • Social status is measured by power and wealth.

  • Respect for authority.

  • Friendship is very important to them.

    *They rely on their friends during tough times.

  • Pessimistic and do not express any hope for a better life.

  • They do not show emotions. (Not because they do not care but at times they are indifferent)

  • They want to be known for their achievements and contributions.


Men should be strong and assertive while women are smart and beautiful.

They are alcoholics.



Meeting & Greeting

  • Russians shake hands firmly and say ‘Zdravstvuyte’ (Hello).

  • Maintain eye contact and give appropriate greeting of the time of day.

  • When men greet women, their handshake is less firm.

  • When women meet, they kiss on the check 3 times, starting with the left.

  • Men pat each other on the back and hug.

  • Surnames are not used without titles such as Gospodin (Mr.) and Gospozna (Mrs.)

  • When addressing an elder, one would use the given name and the father’s name and a gender-specific suffix.

  • Close friends use the given name.


  • Gift giving is done between friends and families.

  • When invited to dinner, bring a gift.

  • Males are expected to bring flowers but they cannot be yellow.

  • Flowers given during visit are given in odd numbers while at funerals flowers are given in even numbers.

  • When invited to dinner, take your shoes off before entering the home. *You may be given slippers.

  • The oldest is served first at dinners.

  • Leaving a small amount of food on the plate tells the host that they provided enough food.


  • Pointing with the index finger is improper but commonly used.

  • It is impolite to talk with your hands in your pockets or arms folded across your chest.

    *Especially when speaking to an older person.

  • When counting, they close their fingers rather than open.

  • Some gestures are considered bad luck such as shaking hands through a doorway, give birthday presents before the birthday or leaving an empty bottle of alcohol on the table.


  • Basic social unit

  • Urban couples only have one child while rural families are much larger.

  • Parent support their children financially until they reach adulthood. When the child is an adult they are expected to support their parents.

  • The father is considered the head of the family.

  • Women and men work but women are still facing challenging such as receiving equal pay.

  • There are child care program but usually they are expensive. Grandparents typically care for the children and does the shopping.


  • There is barely any leisure time because of the time spent on getting food, working and taking care of the home.

  • Favorite sport is soccer. In the winter sports are ice skating or hockey.

  • Families like to watch television at night.

  • Very little night clubs.

  • Enjoy theaters and movies, but those are available in the big cities.


  • New Year’s Day is the most popular holiday. Everyone decorates their fir tree and have parties.

  • Grandfather Frost leaves presents on New Year’s Day, Easter and Christmas.

  • Christmas is January 7th.

  • Women’s Day (March 8th)

  • Victory Day (May 9)- very important because end of WW2.

  • Relatively new holidays such as Independence Day (June 12) and Constitution Day (December 12)

  • Every professional person such as a teacher or miner has a day of their own.


  • Education is free for students between the ages of six and seventeen.

  • Education is highly valued.

  • The guidelines that were introduced in 1994 were suppose to encourage teaching but several public schools have not forced the reforms due to the lack of money and supplies.

  • Students go to primary, middle and high school.

  • Within their last two years they can specialize in a subject.

  • Private schools are available but are expensive.

  • Due to economic hardships, school closing and teacher strikes, education has depleted.

  • There are more than 500 universities, medical schools and technical academies within the country.

Tips for Teachers

  • Just because the student does not look interested, it does not mean they do not care.

  • It is a good idea to learn some common Russians words.

  • Eye contact is important to them.

  • When speaking to the student, remember to not cross your arms or keep your hands in your pockets.

  • Family is so important to them, refer to the class as a family. Everyone supports each other.

  • Have students bring in artifacts for special holidays and have the child explain why that holiday is important.


  • Brigham Young University., & ProQuest Information and Learning Company. (2006). CultureGrams. Provo, Utah: ProQuest Information and Learning Co.

  • Myths and Truths about Russia | page. (n.d.). Way to Russia Guide | Retrieved April 15, 2012, from

  • Russia - Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. (n.d.). Professional Translation Services | Interpreters | Intercultural Communication & Training. Retrieved April 15, 2012, from