Russians tend to dress as well as their salaries will allow. Men would tend to wear either a dark suit or jacket and trousers with a tie and women mainly wear business suits or blouses and skirts.

It is important, for westerners to look smart and appear to be expensively dressed as this enhances credibility. From the safety standpoint, it is probably not advisable to wear very expensive watches or jewellery.

The winters can be extreme (as can the summers) so ensure suitable clothing to meet whatever the prevailing conditions. Be sure to remember a hat, gloves and scarf in winter.

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Russia

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Russia. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Russia and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips