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September 3rd, 2008

Following the Russian standard

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Economist.com | LONDON
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Etiquette
Moscow

THIS week, in the face of an increasingly aggressive Russia, our city-by-city series of etiquette guides turns to Moscow. Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s put-upon president, may not be needing the advice any time soon, but other would-be visitors should benefit from a quick perusal.

Meeting and greeting

• Pay attention to your clothing. Russians dress as well as they can afford to, and rarely do “slacker” style. Turning up looking too casual or scruffy could cause offence. Western “smart casual” is a safe bet. Arriving at a meeting at the Kremlin wearing a polo-neck sweater instead of a shirt and tie is rumoured to have been one of the reasons why Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Yukos, his oil company, were destroyed by the government. In winter, women are advised to take a pair of smart shoes to change into.

 

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