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Russia

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Geography/Facts

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Landforms&Landscapes

Siberia-Winter Lake Baikal in Siberia: World’s Oldest and Deepest Lake

Volga River-longest river in Europe Steppes-Southern Russia

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Climate

Winters

Black Sea Coast-Cool Siberia-Frigid

SummersSteppes-Warm Barents Sea:

Arctic Coast-Cooler Conditions

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Natural Hazards

Kliuchevskoi Volcano- Summer/autumn forest fires in Siberia

The Kamchatcka Peninsula’s most active volcano

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Demographics& Economic conditions

Demographics &Economy-2009

RUSSIA USA

Population 139,390,205 310,232,863

Population Growth Rate

-0.465% 0.97%

GDP (real growth rate)

-7.9% -2.6%

GDP per capita 15,100 46,000

Unemployment rate 8.4% 9.3%

Public Debt 6.3% of GDP 52.9% of GDP

Major Industries Steel production, construction, agricultural machinery

Steel, telecommunications, mining

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Culture Dimensions-Language/Dialects

A page from Azbuka, the first Russian language textbook. Printed by Ivan Fyodorov in 1574. The page features the Cyrillic alphabet

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Language/Dialect-Russian Phrases

TIME What time is it?: Katoryy

chas? When?: Kagda? Today: sivodnya Yesterday: vchira Tomorrow: zaftra In the morning: utra In the evening: vechir

FOOD Breakfast: zaftrak Lunch: abet Dinner: uzhin Café: kafe

BASICS Good Morning: dobraye utra Good afternoon: dobryy den Good evening: dobryy vecher Goodbye (inf.): paka How are you?: Kak dila? Pleased to meet you: ochen

priyatna Yes: da No: net Thankyou: spasiba Pardon me: prastite I don't understand: ya ni

panimayu I need.: mne nuzhna Where is.?: gde.? What's your name?: kak vas

zavut? My name is.: minya zavut

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Ethnicity

79.8%3.8%

2.00%

1.2%

1.1%

12.1%

Russians

Tatar

Ukrainian

Bashkir

Chuvash

Other or unspeci-fied

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Religion

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

Kazan Cathedral

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Sports/Social Life

Football (Soccer) Skiing Marathon-Family/Friends Festival

of theNorth

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Russian Society

The Russian FamilyDependent upon all its

members. – value collectivism or places emphasis on the group as opposed to individualism

Most live in small apartments, often with 2 or 3 generations sharing little space

 Most are small, often with only one child -most women must also work outside of the house in addition to working in the household

Russian PrideRussians are very proud

of their countryPatriotic songs and

poems extol the virtues of their homeland.

 They take great pride in their cultural heritage and expect the rest of the world to admire it.

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Food

Borcsh Ukha

Solyanka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urskw-cKLwo&feature=related

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Americans vs. Russians

Reading the Americans Easy to read/body

language is a giveaway When bored-fidget When impatience-drum

our fingers on the table When ready to leave-look

at watches Emphasize a strongly

held belief-bang on table or stand up

Direct eye contact-honesty and sincerity

Reading the Russians Firm Handshaking , bear

hugs, backslapping-they like you

Grim, stone face-not good, your not getting through to them

Winks, nods, smiles-good signs, you are getting through to them

Avoid eye contact-signs of untruthfulness/lying

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Meetings

•Extremely Formal

•Scheduling Appointments

•Be punctual

•Vacations during July and August

Business Dress

•Dark colored suit and white shirt

•Light blue, grey, or brown suits

•Women should dress conservatively

•Shoes are status symbol

•Very flashy

Business Culture

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Conversation

•Eye Contact

•Physical touch

•Avoid personal questions

•Encouraged to discuss Russian politics

•Challenges of living in Russia

Names

•Address by Business title and Surname during first meeting

•Use of first names are considered rude

•Patronymic Names

•Common Russian names

Business Culture

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1917

1922

1924

1953

1964 1991 1999 2008

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Political Climate Type: Federation President: Dmitry Medvedev Prime Minister: Vladimir Putin Political Parties: United Russia, the Communist

party, Liberal Democratic Party, Just Russia, Yabloko, Patriots of Russia, and the New Cause Party

Presidential Term: 6 years

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Obama and Putin

President Obama, Michelle Obama, President Dmitry Medvedev and Svetlana

Medvedeva

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Doing Business in Russia- Corruption issues Corruption is widespread in Russia

Russia has a body of conflicting, overlapping, and rapidly changing laws, decrees, and regulations.

Government control of media outlets Complicated Advertising Laws Laws on NGO (Non-Government

Organizations)

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Contracts

Small Banking System

High tariffs on imports

International Organizations: APEC, G20, G8, BIS, WFTU, WTO (Accession)

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Russian Culture Center

U.S.-Russia Strategic Framework Declaration