Your guide to Russia:
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This section was put together with help from Sergei Ivanchuk. Born in the former USSR, after graduation from Kiev Linguistic University he joined the UN office in Ukraine in 1993 (working on the United Nations Development Project). He then spent a few years traveling and getting acquainted with Western Business Practices - first in Western Europe and then in the USA, Australia and Canada.
He is involved in many business seminars on emerging Eastern European countries, and speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, English and French. His company, SoloEast Travel Assistance and Business Consulting, provides a wide range of services for travelers and businessmen and women who intend to travel to Eastern European Countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
Russia: Appointment Alert! Making appointments
Russia: Business Dress Guidelines for business dress
Russia: Conversation Welcome topics of conversation
Russia: First Name or Title? Addressing others with respect
Russia: Gift Giving Selecting and presenting an appropriate business gift
Russia: Let's Make a Deal! - Part 1 What you should know before negotiating
Russia: Let's Make a Deal! - Part 2 What you should know before negotiating
Russia: Let's Make a Deal! - Part 3 What you should know before negotiating
Russia: Prosperous Entertaining - Part 1 Entertaining for business success
Russia: Prosperous Entertaining - Part 2 Entertaining for business success
Russia: Public Behaviour - Part 1 Acceptable public conduct
Russia: Public Behaviour - Part 2 Acceptable public conduct
Russia: Russia's Unique Business Environment - Part 1 This article by Vladimir Fetsenko, Ph.D., gives valuable insights into the Russian way of doing business.
Russia: Russia's Unique Business Environment - Part 2 This article by Vladimir Fetsenko, Ph.D., gives valuable insights into the Russian way of doing business.
Useful Web Sites for Russia
Russia Business Etiquette and Culture
This guide to Russia business etiquette and culture covers many aspects of doing business in Russia. It is our goal to provide practical, accurate, and up-to-date tips on Russia business culture and etiquette, written by experts in business consulting in Russia. We encourage visitors to leave questions or comments on on our discussion boards, moderated by experts in intercultural training and business. Your contributions help us make Executive Planet™ the most comprehensive resource on Sergei Ivanchuk business etiquette and culture on the Internet.
This guide contains the following articles:
Let's Make a Deal - negotiating tactics, the value of connections, recommended business card style and content, business card protocol, sitting and presenting yourself in meetings, language for brochures and promotional material, pace of business, preferred presentation styles, final agreements, thinking styles, adherance to company policy, and more on Russia business culture . . . Prosperous Entertaining - typical mealtimes throughout the day, best venues for business entertaining, punctuality for social events, dinner table seating etiquette, mealtime etiquette, importance of alcohol, toasting, guidelines for hosting a banquet/social event, what foods should be served/avoided, accepting and declining invitations, and more on Russia business etiquette. . . Appointment Alert! - typical vacation times, recommended apppointment times, length of the lunch hour, signals that indicate beginning or end of an appointment, best arrival time (early, late, right on time), and more on Russia business culture. . . Gift Giving - recommended gifts, gifts to avoid, good and bad colours for wrapping paper, how to present a gift to individuals and groups, guidelines for receiving gifts, and more on Russia business culture. . . First Name or Title? - using titles such as 'Doctor', naming conventions to avoid, when to use first names, and more. . . Public Behaviour - how to greet strangers and introduce yourself, the rules for men shaking hands with women, acceptable demeanor, rules for eye contact, gestures/sayings to avoid, and more on Russia business culture. . . Business Dress - is dress modest, conservative, etc., specific dress requirements for men and women, what visitors should wear to social functions, and more on Russia business culture. . Conversation - welcome and unwelcome topics of conversation, the role of compliments, the tone of voice to be used, whether your hosts are physical or more reserved, and more on Russia business etiquette. .. . .