Russia & Russians
this section you will find basic information about Russia and Russians.
Russia is the largest
country in the world. Its area is 17 098.242 thousand square km. The state
is located in eastern Europe and northern Asia. From north to south the
country stretches for over 4,000 km; from west to east – for almost 10,000
km. Russia borders on 16 countries. In the south-east - with North Korea,
in the south with Azerbaijan and Georgia, Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan. In
the south-west - with Ukraine, in the west with Finland, Norway, Belarus,
Latvia and Estonia. The Kaliningrad Region borders on Lithuania and
The enormous size of
Russia and the remoteness of many areas from the sea result in the
dominance of the humid continental climate, which is prevalent in all
parts of the country except for the tundra and the extreme southeast.
Mountains in the south obstruct the flow of warm air masses from the
Indian Ocean, while the plain of the west and north makes the country open
to Arctic and Atlantic influences.
Most of Northern European Russia and Siberia has a subarctic climate, with
extremely severe winters in the inner regions of Northeast Siberia (mostly
the Sakha Republic, where the Northern Pole of Cold is located with the
record low temperature of −71.2 °C or −96.2 °F), and more moderate winters
elsewhere. Both the strip of land along the shore of the Arctic Ocean and
the Russian Arctic islands have a polar climate.
The coastal part of Krasnodar Krai on the Black Sea, most notably in
Sochi, possesses a humid subtropical climate with mild and wet winters. In
many regions of East Siberia and the Far East, winter is dry compared to
summer; other parts of the country experience more even precipitation
across seasons. Winter precipitation in most parts of the country usually
falls as snow. The region along the Lower Volga and Caspian Sea coast, as
well as some areas of southernmost Siberia, possesses a semi-arid climate.
For most foreigners,
Russia is often associated with two main cities, Moscow and St.
Petersburg. This is the heartland of former Imperial Russia, and these
great and ancient cities often become the focus for most tourists visiting
Russia. Moscow, with its traditional ancient Russian churches and the
beautiful Kremlin, and Saint Petersburg, which is the most European of all
Russian cities, are the highlights of the great country. However there is
much more to Russia, a country that spans eleven time zones and two
continents, ending less than 50 miles from North America.
- Russians are very
well educated and well behaved people. Their values include loving
children, old people, friendship, pride, loving literature, patriotism,
generosity, and humor.
- In the right
situation do not be shy. In any social situations do not be afraid of
making mistakes while trying out your Russian language. Russians in
general are just happy that you are trying and will definitely help as
much as they can.
- Most of the Russian
people seem serious. They usually show very respectful behavior in public.
Russian people dislike talking loud and expressing strong emotions in
public. This is considered impolite in Russia. Moreover they are actually
hospitable and warm despite their normal cold and pessimistic attitudes on
- Do not assume that
everybody in Russia is ethnically Russian. There are more than 50 ethnic
groups in Russia. When talking to Russians it is appropriate to ask about
their nationality and their traditions and customs.
- Never be afraid to
reject drinking vodka. You will definitely not offend anyone. Just have a
reasonable excuse ready. If you do drink with Russians, remember that the
bottle is usually drunk until it is empty.
- Never expect everyone
you meet with to be on time. Russian people have unusual idea of timing
and it is clear that in general time is a much cherished value among
people from other countries.
- Russians always give
high value to traditionalism, stability and security in their culture.
- Never suppose to pay
a visit to a Russian friend (for a half an hour). If you are invited to
someone's house and sit down to lunch or dinner this is a really lengthy
- Talking about Russian
people, we should not forget about Russian women. Russian girls are very
beautiful. You will definitely remember by their charm for the rest of
your life. They are lovely and gorgeous. They always like to give their
best appearance in public places.
Quotes from the web:
- I think the biggest
piece of advice I would give to any foreigner traveling to Russia - is
NEVER second-guess the Russians. Never try to guess what they are going to
say or do next, because if there is anything I've learned about Russian
people, they are unpredictable. You can never guess how they are going to
respond to anything, so just be yourself, try to be respectful, and open
to learning from them. But know that as soon as you think you "understand"
the Russians, they will do something to confuse you again :)
- Russian people on the
whole are by far better educated than Westerners. When it comes to culture
and arts, they knock socks off other nations. It goes with says, that here
I'm not speaking about the dregs in life that exist in every country.
- I lived in Russia for
4 years, not as a tourist but among the local people. Compared to Western
customs, these are a few of Russian habits or customs I noted:
1- Eating: If you are a guest with Russians at the table, Russians will
not start eating until their guest begins to eat. first Nor will they
serve themselves before their guests help themselves first.
2- Russian women love flowers as gifts and love giving flowers as gifts
3- Russian people are extremely generous: When visiting them at their
home, they will always give you a little gift of something when you leave.
4- Russians love children more than any nation I have lived among. It's
not uncommon for them to stop, chat and admire a stranger's baby in a
carriage or stroller.
5- If you look lost, they are very helpful and will even go out of their
way to go a distance with you to show you the way.
6- Russian woman like to look feminine and dress for it.
7- Russian men have no hesitation in telling a stranger woman that she is
8- Russians love parks and enjoy strolling in winter or summer.
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