The communist system of Russia preached equality of the sexes but had far less success in achieving the objective than their counterparts in the Peoples Republic of China.

Thus, although a high percentage of the Russian workforce is female, there are very, very few women in senior management positions. This situation shows little sign of changing other than in some of the offices of major MNCs stationed in the country.

Western women working in Russia will be showered with old-fashioned courtesies but may find themselves being less respected in meetings and treated as inferior in rank to male colleagues – whether they are or not!

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

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton



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