Russia is a country steeped in culture and tradition with many well-known customs dating back thousands of years.Modern Russian citizens have incorporated a number of western concepts into their daily lives including enjoying fast food and American films, but a number of old Russian etiquette rules remain intact, particularly when it comes to meal time.
The hostess will generally refuse, but will appreciate the offer.
Men customarily pour the drinks for the women sitting beside them.
Upholding a time-honored tradition, shots of vodka are served between courses. You should raise your glass and hold it aloft for the duration of the toast, clink it against someone else’s and gulp down the shot.
Do not be taken aback by repeated offers to refill your plate as this is a common Russian practice.
Politely refuse and compliment the cook and the host on the fine, but filling, meal.
Do not get up from the table until the host invites you to do so.Upon rising, ask if there is any way you can be of assistance in cleaning up.A good Russian host will put more food on the table than any reasonable person could possibly eat as a way of indicating there is a great quantity of available provisions and guests should feel free to eat as much as they like.Second helpings will be offered a number of times to reinforce this notion, whether it is true or not. Russians use standard European table manners, so the fork belongs in the left hand and the knife, if present, belongs in the right.Keep your hands visible for the duration of the meal and keep your elbows off the table.Use your bread to mop up any excess gravy, but do not completely clean your plate--to do so is to suggest the host did not provide a sufficient amount of food.