We’re launching our journey to cultures and countries with one of the most exotic countries in the world today: Russia, which is playing host to the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
We’ll begin with a business overview. If you’re flying to Russia to catch a game, take a peek: we’ve included a concise glossary of football-related words 😊
Don’t shake hands or kiss someone on the doorstep.
Don’t whistle in a house or business.
Don’t leave an empty bottle on the table.
Business Procedures in Russia
- It’s important to understand who’s the boss and who makes the decisions. Meetings with people who have no authority are (almost) meaningless.
- The custom in Russia is to call people by their name with a patronymic ending, usually -evitch or -ovitch for men and -ovna or -evna for women. For example, Alexander Petrovitch Dovlatov is the son of Peter Dovlatov; Ludmyila Nikolayevna is Ludmylia, daughter of Nikolay.
- Laws on copyright or intellectual property are nearly nonexistent in Russia.
- What gifts should you bring? Wine, chocolate, or flowers will be very welcome. Avoid bringing odd numbers of flowers or yellow roses!
- Generally speaking, business deals are marked with a drink or more, and refusal is considered an insult.
- If you have learned any Russian swear words, leave them at home! Cursing is prohibited by law in public places and fines can reach 500 NIS.
Basic Soccer Dictionary
Goal is “goal” 😊
There’s nothing like the World Cup in Russia!
[Mondial u russikh eto super kruto]
Have a safe flight, and udachi*!