Russian Culture

Due to its geographical position and centuries of history Russian culture is rich and varied, with as many layers as a Russian doll.

Russian National Holidays

January 1st to 5th –  New Year (The biggest holiday in Russia)

January 7th – Orthodox Christmas Day (as in the Julian Calendar)

January 14th – Old New Year

February 23rd – Defence of the Motherland Day

March 8th – International Women’s Day

April 12th – Cosmonautics Day (Celebrates first manned flight in Space)

May 1st – May Day (International Worker’s Day in the former Soviet Union)

May 9th – Victory Day (Celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany)

June 12th – Russia Day (To celebrate Russian sovereignty from the USSR, originally called the Day of the Adoption of Sovereignty of the Russian Federation) .

August 22nd – National Flag Day

November 4th – National Unity Day (Commemorates the end of the Time of Troubles and Foreign Intervention in Russia)

Russia is a country of strong traditions and a nation that has significantly influenced arts like ballet, folklore, literature, music and philosophy. The nation’s culture is also a point of pride for the population.

Although large immediate families are not the norm in Russia extended families can be extensive. The family unit is very important and intergenerational living is not uncommon. There is also a strong sense of community spirit in Russia, a striving to support the collective rather than just the individual. Foreign visitors are usually treated with respect and generosity.

It is the custom in Russia that a patronymic version of the father’s name is given to every child as a middle name. ‘Vich’ or ‘ovich’ is added to the father’s name if the child is a boy whilst ‘anva’ or ‘ovna’ is added if the child is a girl.

In the Russian business environment long-standing or well established relationships between parties are not considered as important as in other nations but a formal attitude is usually adopted until a rapport is formed. Punctuality is expected but schedules typically change at short notice and bureaucracy can often mean that things take longer than expected. Hierarchy is also a key part of business relationships – superior position, rank and age should always be respected. Business dress is typically conservative for both men and women.