Businessmen in Russia usually wear suits that are dark and well tailored along with good dress shoes. A businessman’s wardrobe demonstrates the individual’s image as a professional. Men often do not take off their jackets in negotiations. Do not stand with your hands in your pockets. This is considered rude. Women dress rather conservatively, avoiding overly flashy or gaudy outfits. Women should always cover their heads when entering into any Russian Orthodox Churches. Skirts should be worn rather than pants. When attending dinner in a citizen’s home, casual dress of slacks and a nice shirt without a tie are appropriate.
Russian is the official language. Speaking or laughing loudly in public is considered rude, as Russians are generally reserved and somber. Many Russians speak English, as it is often taught beginning in the third grade. Russians are highly literate, and have almost a 100% literacy rate. Good topics of conversation include peace, the current changes taking place in Russia, and their current economic situation.