Men kiss men and show affection, women hold hands while strolling.
Recreation is often arranged in groups, often with colleagues they work with. Russians feel free to tell you if you or your child is not dressed warm enough.
The Russian people see Russian expansion as a consequence of victories over foreign invaders.
Distant from Europe, the new state was cut off from Constantinople which in 1453 had fallen to the Muslim Ottoman Turks.The immediate result was famine and the death of millions in the countryside.The affinity for the group can still be seen today in everyday life, in group dating, and physical contact with strangers.Living for centuries in a very harsh climate explains the Russians' strength, their ability to endure extreme hardship, and their bleak outlook on life. Climate has also contributed to a cautiousness they exhibit.Russia is a great distance from other centers of civilizations; for example, 3,000 miles from Paris, a month's journey before railroads.