Communicating Across Cultures With People From Russia

To understand Russian communication styles and preferences, one needs to consider the history of the country and its core cultural values. This entry provides a short overview of the historical events and social developments relevant to the formation of contemporary communication styles. Then, it addresses Russian cultural values, such as relationships, hierarchy, soulfulness, fatalism, and moral righteousness. Last, it identifies the specific ways in which both history and values influence the way people in Russia and from Russia communicate with one another and with people from other countries.

History of Contradictions

In more than 1,000 years of documented history, Russia has experienced a variety of cultural influences. In its early history, the country was ruled by Vikings, baptized into Byzantine-style Christianity, and conquered by Mongols. Under the ...

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