How to dress for a business meeting in Russia?

  • You should clothe yourself in a conservative and formal manner.
  • All males are expected to wear suits. On the other hand, women should not wear bright-coloured clothes to office and wear skirts which are up to their knees.
  • It is also mandatory for your shoe to be polished properly.

How to greet or address a professional in Russia?

  • Handshake is an appropriate greeting for business environments.
  • Along with shaking hands, men pat each other on their backs with the other free hand.
  • Russia is pretty modern and it is alright for a woman to shake hands with men. However, you should wait for the woman to extend her hand.
  • It is not necessary to greet a person twice in the same day.
  • Address a person using their first names along with surnames. In case of elder people, just use the family name unless he says otherwise.

What is the etiquette for a business meeting in Russia?

  • Appointments should be sought a few weeks before you plan to visit the country. In case you want an appointment with an officer working in the government, it is advisable to seek one at least one and a half months in advance.
  • To be sure, check with them again after you land in the country.
  • It is advisable not to schedule meetings in the first seven days of the month of May when there are many holidays.
  • Arrive on time to meetings.
  • The meeting schedule will be tentative and can change at a moment’s notice.
  • Cancellation of the meeting at the last moment is also possible.
  • Little work will be discussed in the first meeting. However, it will be used to evaluate the worthiness of your company to do business with them.
  • Prepare and speak to them about the unique features of your company and how it stands out from others.
  • The first meeting will also be used for introduction and small talk.
  • Be prepared with all work related documents. They should be available in both Russian and English language.
  • Keep facts such as the history of the issue in hand and presently relevant data ready.
  • It may seem rude but there is a lot of interruption while a meeting is in place. People may be discussing things even different from the topic in hand at the side.
  • At the culmination of the meeting, you will have to sign a document named ‘Protokol’, which contains the details of the meeting.

What is the proper way to communicate in Russia?

  • The conversation pattern of people changes according to their socio-economic and hereditary position.
  • Instead of using Euphemism, one should be direct while talking to Russians. They appreciate honesty.
  • Compromising on something is perceived as a weakness in Russia.
  • When someone says ‘No’ to something, do not lose heart and ask again politely. This may lead them to re-consider their request. Expect them to apply the same strategy on you.
  • You should be quite formal in your business dealings with Russians.  


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Last update on February 2, 12:22 pm by Nidhi S.