No-one finds it necessary to listen in silence while someone makes a speech at a formal social occasion.At an inaugural dinner and prize-giving of a major cultural award by a Western European company none of the Russian intelligentsia accepted their place settings, and chaos prevailed as literary and other luminaries roamed around the dining hall moving chairs and making non-sense of the carefully-organized seating plan.Russians consider it important to make regular and frequent toasts.No-one should even start drinking at table without making a polite toast to demonstrate that they are aware of their surroundings and want to share the pleasure.Some observers noted as significant the marked absence of a bear hug for Gorbachev when he was met on his return to Moscow from his confinement in the Crimea during the August 1991 coup.However, it is claimed in his defence that he had banned the sentimental hugging and kissing that used to go on whenever one geriatric Eastern European leader met another and so the jury must remain out on that one.In their manners the Russians exhibit their usual failure to do anything by halves.They will apologise instantly if they interrupt you in mid-sentence, kiss your hand if you are a woman, help you find your way if you are lost in a city by actually going with you to your destination, however far it takes them out of their way.
As a burst of machine-gun fire made them both duck, he said with a shrug, "Normalno".
When Russians greet each other they use the normal European repertoire: Good morning; Good day; Good evening or Greetings.
They might follow that up with: " is very useful in Russian.
Russian women are very chic and are currently basking in the new opportunities for displaying their awareness of fashion.
The days of workers' dungarees are definitely over.
Like some other Europeans, Russians can choose between saying ?