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  • Russia's official name is the Russian Federation, which came into effect in 1991 when the Soviet Union split into 15 geo-political parts.

  • Russia is a transcontinental country covering half the northern hemisphere - that is what I call spreading out!

  • Russian Orthodox is the main religion.

  • With regards to ‘meeting etiquette’, the typical greeting is a firm, almost bone-crushing handshake while maintaining direct eye contact and giving the appropriate greeting for the time of day.

  • When men shake hands with women, the handshake is less firm.

  • When female friends meet, they kiss on the cheek three times, starting with the left and then alternating.

  • When close male friends meet, they may pat each other on the back and hug.

  • Back to some basics: Russia boasts some of the finest in cultural arts and entertainment. In St. Petersburg alone, there are 221 museums, 2,000 libraries and over 80 theaters. Feel like seeing a concert? St. Petersburg has 100 concert establishments. Is art more your style? Then you can visit one of 45 galleries.

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