There is just a little etiquette to follow if you want to succeed in business in Russia and there are really only 5 things to remember to get things right. Each of these can be improved upon by having a grasp of the Russian Language that goes is beyond “Dasvidaniya”.
In Russia, being just on time as James Bond always is, sometimes is not enough. On time is late by Russian standards and being early is considered being on time. As a foreigner, when your Russian client arrives late, you must not get frustrated. It is a strange way of working, but somewhere in the psyche there is some sense. Arrive early, it will leave you more relaxed, and of course, if you speak even some small talk in Russian, may even open the chance of increased opportunity.
It is also good to look like a million dollars. Since the fall of communism, status is a big part of Russian society, it is not necessarily about a persons' ego but more just looking the part. Sloppy dressing is considered close to an insult, but a smart suit, with a crisp short and stylish tie that reflect in well-polished shoes, will give you the edge and show you mean business. And then, when least expected, you open your mouth and speak Russian, you really cannot lose!
Doing business in Russia is not difficult and it is made easier when you speak the language!