Things you should never do in Russia
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Russia is definitely a force to be reckoned with. A powerful empire, Russia has always been a major player in the world. It's rich cultural heritage and vast territory makes it one of the world's most interesting places to visit.
Russia is the largest country in the world. The Russian territory is actually larger than the surface area of Pluto, since the country is about 17 million sq km (6.5 million sq miles), while the dwarf planet is only 16.6 million sq km (6.4 million sq miles).
Russia is also geographically in two worlds. Its territory is spread across both the European and Asian continents. Around 75% of the Russian Federation's territory is located east of the Ural Mountains in Asia. However, only 22% of the country's population lives in these Asian regions.
Additionally, the country is home to stunning natural beauty. About 20% of the world's forest areas are actually located in Russia, as well as the world's deepest lake, Lake Baikal.
With such extraordinary scenery, it’s easy to see how inviting it is for people with a taste for adventure.
But Russia is not just beautiful scenery, culture, and harsh winters. The country also has some unique rules and laws, and it’s incredibly rich in superstitions and folklore. Russians inherited many pagan superstitions that still resonate to this day.
Russia is a singular country in many aspects. From teachers being paid in vodka, to bears addicted to fuel, the country is home to many peculiarities. These oddities are also what makes Russia so special and such an interesting nation to visit.
But what do you actually need to know before visiting the country? Which—if any—of the stereotypes we're all so familiar with, are actually true? And if they are, how will they impact your trip if you visit the country? This is what you're about to find out.
Whether you're about to visit Russia, or you simply have an interest in how different their culture is from yours, click through the gallery and be surprised by the things you shouldn't do while in Russia.
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