It is always good to be prepared for life in another country because of cultural diversity. You can do this by researching, enriching yourself with knowledge on what to do and what not to do. It is no secret that each culture features different norms, behaviors, and gestures for social interaction. For instance, nodding your head in most cultures will mean that you agree but for some parts of Bulgaria and Albania, nodding of the head means disagreement. Similarly, a friendly smile to a person seated next to you or passing by is perceived as unusual and may raise eyebrows.
Therefore, talking or making certain gestures that you consider polite and friendly may be offensive to another person from another culture. Russia is a progressive country though her people have really hung onto traditional culture and tradition. Even after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russians are still communistic in nature and this is reflected in their social interactions. Most of these social ethics are unknown to visitors.
I have highlighted some of the things you should keep in mind while in Russia in order to be nice and respective to the Russians:
Culture and tradition is something that is to be preserved and appreciated. The Russian way of life has been in existence for a long time will definitely be enriching to your own way of life.