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Location: Northern Asia (the area west of the Urals is considered part of Europe), bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean


•At 17,075,400 square kilometres (6,592,800 sq mi), Russia is by far the largest country in the world, covering more than a ninth of the Earth's land area. Russia is also the ninth most populous nation in the world with 142 million people


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Divisions of Russia


Brief History The Kievan and Appanage Periods 860-1698 The House of Rurik. The period of the Kievan Russian Empire, destroyed by the Mongol - Tatars, and the rise of Moscovy to recentralize the demolished empire.

The Imperial Period 1698-1917 The House of Romanov. Peter's Westernization of Russia culminated in the destruction of the autocracy by the Socialist Revolution of 1917.


Brief History The Soviet Period 1917-1991 The Communist Party maintained the Empire as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The USSR fell in 1991 and dissolved into 15 nations.

The Post-Soviet Period 1991-Present With the disintegration of the USSR in December of 1991 Russia has set out on a new road to democracy and a market economy.


Religion

•Russian Orthodox 95% •Muslim 3% •other Christian 2% (2006 est.)


Language

•Russian

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Socioeconomic issues Agriculture - products: grain, sugar beets, sunflower seed, vegetables, fruits; beef, milk Exports: $295.6 billion (2009 est.) Imports: $196.8 billion (2009 est.) GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 5.2% industry: 37% services: 57.9% (2009 est.)


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Business Etiquete Appearance • Businessmen in Russia usually wear suits that are dark and well tailored along with good dress shoes. • Men often do not take off their jackets in negotiations. • Do not stand with your hands in your pockets. This is considered rude. • Women dress rather conservatively, avoiding overly flashy or gaudy outfits. • Women should always cover their heads when entering into any Russian Orthodox Churches. • Skirts should be worn rather than pants. • When attending dinner in a citizen’s home, casual dress of slacks and a nice shirt without a tie are appropriate.


Business Etiquete Behavior • As a foreigner, you are expected to be on time to all business appointments. However, your Russian counterpart may be late, as this may be a test of your patience. •Do not expect an apology from a late Russian, and do not demonstrate any kind of attitude if your business appointments begin one or two hours late. This may also be a test of your patience. •Social events are more relaxed. It is acceptable for foreigners to be 15 to 30 minutes late. •Patience is an extremely important virtue among Russians; punctuality is not. •As a foreigner, you should realize that "Final Offers" are often not actually the end of the negotiations, and that often times the outcome will be more beneficial and attractive if you can hold out.


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