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Do Russians Believe in Superstitions?

Do Russians Believe in Superstitions? | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russians believe that their destiny is only partially under their control, which explains the presence of superstitions and signs of good and back luck
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Prepare for a Moscow culture shock

Prepare for a Moscow culture shock | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Although Moscow is an international city, it is still a very foreign environment for most expats
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For my second winter in Moscow, I found it more dificult to adapt to Russia compared to other countries such as Japan or United States. Maybe because of the language barrier: I am fluent in English and I spoke Japanese well enough when I lived there.

 

Some other specific reasons are given in the article.

 

 

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Russia

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Russia - #105 Best Countries for Business
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Russia's long-term challenges include a shrinking workforce, a high level of corruption, difficulty in accessing capital for smaller, non-energy companies, and poor infrastructure in need of large investments.

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Study Abroad in Russia | Study Abroad Program Reviews: Russia | GoOverseas.com

Study Abroad in Russia | Study Abroad Program Reviews: Russia | GoOverseas.com | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Study abroad in Russia! Explore dozens of study abroad programs in Russia, complete with reviews and alumni interviews. Only at GoOverseas.com.
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Russia is not only the largest country in the world, but also one of the coldest places in the world. But, do not fear! You’ll find little time to complain about the weather when learning about the nation’s rocky relationship with the rest of Europe and its communist past. The country offers a captivating story that plays perfectly into a student’s hungry mind. There are still vodka bottles full of information just waiting to be discovered and a future that is sure to take unexpected twists and turns. Thankfully, the subway system is well run and just stunning—moving from relic to relic is as attractive as eating a warm heaping of Beef Stroganov.

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Expat life in Moscow : The Expat Community Groups and Clubs

Expat life in Moscow : The Expat Community Groups and Clubs | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Expat Contacts - Just as living costs might be high in Moscow, so is liveability. This is one of the most popular and rewarding expat destinations.
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Most expat groups in Moscow are listed in : "Moscow  in Your Pocket" Guide

 

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Why Russians Do Not Believe in Insurance? - Understand Russia

Why Russians Do Not Believe in Insurance? - Understand Russia | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Russians do not believe in insurance and equal it to a Ponzi scheme. Instead they believe in fate and luck. Find out why...
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Russians are fatalists: "Our fate is in god’s hands, but most probably nothing bad is going to happen to me personally"


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Foreigners to face Russian driving test | Russia Beyond The Headlines

Foreigners to face Russian driving test | Russia Beyond The Headlines | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Following a major accident near Moscow in which 18 people were killed, the State Duma now intend to hasten the entry into force of a law that obliges foreign nationals wishing to work in Russia to obtain Russian driver's licenses...
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Makes sense. You can't drive in many countries such as the US if you don't pass the local tests to get your driving licence.

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Expats In Russia: Blogs Directory at Expats Blog

Expats In Russia:  Blogs Directory at Expats Blog | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Expats In Russia Blogs Directory at Expats Blog. We list our top favourite British expat forum for each destination country and the big general sites too.
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Volunteer in Russia | Reviews of Volunteer Programs in Russia | GoOverseas.com

Volunteer in Russia | Reviews of Volunteer Programs in Russia | GoOverseas.com | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
Volunteer in Russia! Read reviews and alumni interviews of volunteer programs in Russia. Only at www.GoOverseas.com.
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For those tempted by a volunter job in Russia,

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Tips | Russia for Beginners

Tips | Russia for Beginners | Life in Moscow From an Expat Perspective | Scoop.it
The Moscow Times is a daily English-language newspaper featuring objective, reliable news on business, politics and culture in Moscow, in Russia and the former Soviet Union (CIS).

 

1-Russians do not trust each other readily. If you want your staff to develop and work as autonomous teams, you need to create and maintain mutual trust.


2-Read one of the "great" Russian novels — whether you choose "Dead Souls", "Crime and Punishment" or "Anna Karenina", they will give you great insights into Russian culture.


3-Get out of Moscow. The pace of life is very different and you will get a snapshot of the "real" Russia.


4-Russians are people-people and if you are to build your team you must take time to create relationships with your colleagues. It may seem a slow process but it will produce real long term benefits.


5-Never forget a close colleague's birthday.


6-Use the Metro in Moscow or the other cities. It is cheap, quick and even with only simple Cyrillic, easy to use.


7-When speaking English, never assume that you have been understood.


8-Russian do not like losing face and admitting in front of colleagues that they have not understood English would risk that happening. They are likely to just sit there and say nothing!

 

9-Bear in mind that during the winter months there is very little sunlight. You and your colleagues are thus very susceptible to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the clinical depression that goes with it.

 

9-Learn a bit of Russian — even if just the ability to read Cyrillic — it will make your life so much easier.


10-Ask your colleagues which restaurants and bars they go to — not only will you have a real Russian experience but you will probably save money too.


11-Remember money is not the only driver for Russians when they are job hunting — conditions of employment and the range of benefits offered can mean much more.


12-Do not be modest in talking about your education and qualifications.


13-Russians respect study and learning.


14-Drinking in Russia may be on a scale that you are not used to. Pace yourself and if you have any doubts then only sip during toasts.


15-A successful negotiation in Russia requires above all that the relationship between the parties be built first. You need to take time in the early stages to do this.


16-There is no bad weather in Russia — just bad clothes and shoes.


17-Prepare yourself properly for the winter.


18-Russian employees may seem to make long and chatty phone calls. This is all part of building and maintaining the relationships that are so critical to business life in Russia.


19-Russia is a safe country if you use your common sense. Avoid railway stations at night, nightclubs with lots of black limos parked outside and groups of skinheads on the streets and you will be safe.


20-Russians are problem avoiders rather than problem confronters — you need to develop a high degree of trust in your colleagues before they will come to you to tell you about something that has gone wrong.


21-The Russian view of time is similar to that in many Latin cultures — meetings will rarely start or end on time nor will people always arrive at work punctually.


22-Be very careful about making comparisons with "home". Russians know very well that the infrastructure in Russia is bad — although improving — and do not need foreigners to point this out t

 

Read more: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/guides/russia-for-beginners/tips/index.php#ixzz2BiklQMR1

 

The Moscow Times

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