Etiquette

  • Meeting People Handshakes are the standard form of greeting. Do not shake hands over thresholds, though, as according to Russian folklore this will lead to an argument down the line! Remove your shoes and coat when arriving in someone's home.
  • Presents If you're visiting friends in their home it's courteous to bring a small present. Flowers are always popular, but do be sure to bring an odd number, as even numbers of flowers are given only at funerals.
  • Drinking You'll be expected to drink a vodka shot in one go if you're a man, but women will not be judged too harshly if they sip. Once a bottle is finished, put it on the floor, not back on the table, as that is considered to bring bad luck.