Hugs, backslapping, kisses on the cheeks and other expansive gestures are common among friends or acquaintances and between members of the same sex. Russians stand close when talking. Putting your thumb through your index and middle fingers or making the OK sign are considered very rude gestures in Russia.
What things are considered rude in Russia?
Some things shock Russians more than UFOs over the Kremlin, especially if you dont take your shoes off at home.Slurping at the table. Leaving food on a plate. Not treating a woman to dinner. Forgetting to take your shoes off at home. Going outside in workout clothes. Failing to visit friends and invite them over.More items •May 29, 2018
What are Russian manners?
In short, when meeting a Russian for the first time, male or female, good etiquette is shaking hands firmly while retaining eye contact. Looking away is rude and shows indifference. Men should wait for a woman to offer her hand first. (Tip: Do not shake hands over a threshold; enter the room first, then shake hands.)
Can I use my phone in Russia?
GSM networks operate in nearly all Russia cities, so mobile phone use across the entire country is generally quite okay. The cheapest option for overseas calls using your mobile phone (in Moscow and St Petersburg) is to purchase a local sim card.