Top 10 Russian behaviors that confound foreigners

From ridiculous superstitions to cultural oddities, here are ten things visitors to Russia have to get used to

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, walk amidst the debris following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Sukkari in the northern city of Aleppo on June 3, 2016. Regime air strikes killed dozens of civilians in the Syrian city of Aleppo and nearby areas as the UN Security Council prepared to discuss emergency aid drops to besieged areas. / AFP / THAER MOHAMMED (Photo credit should read THAER MOHAMMED/AFP/Getty Images)

( – There are many things that foreigners find shocking and astounding about Russia and the Russian people. It is an open secret that foreigners think of Russians as those who do not like to smile much, whereas the Russians find the habit of smiling on every occasion quite bizarre. There are other things in the Russian culture that one may find it very hard to explain to foreigners.

1. Russians always drink tea

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