There is a lot of criticism and jokes about modern life in Russia, but foreigners forget that our modern reality is the result of events that took place in Russia during the last one hundred years. If you just recall tragedies that happened in Russia during this period and calculate the damages brought by it, you will be shocked. When you look at Russian history closer, you will understand us better and start to love and respect Russia.
Bread and Salt Ceremony is one of the oldest Russian traditions. When important, respected or admired guests arrive, they were greeted by young women in traditional costumes with a loaf of bread placed on a rushnik (embroidered towel). A salt holder or a salt cellar is placed on top of the bread loaf or secured in a hole on the top of the loaf.
Continuation. (Part 1 read here)
During dinner never make jokes about parents. Russians are not politically correct, so you can make joke about politics, religions etc, but be prepared that even simple small talk can become a big political, religion and very deep discussion. Russian don’t like general neutral talk – they go straight to the core of the most actual problem.