Why Russians Don’t Smile II

Selection_102For a free copy in PDF, please e-mail Luc Jones directly at: luc.jones@antalrussia.com

‘Why Russians don’t Smile’ is a no-nonsense guide to doing business in Russia and the neighbouring CIS countries for those whose main source of information about this part of the world is still the one-sided, international media. It has been written by Luc Jones, a British/Canadian Expat who has been living & working in Russia for almost two decades, speaks Russian completely fluently and travelled extensively throughout the Former Soviet Union. He put together this publication to help dispel some of the usual myths and stereotypes, and provide a practical account of travelling to, getting in and navigating your way around some of the peculiarities that foreigners face when doing business in Russia. Focusing primarily on Moscow, the guide also explains how to get around the rest of the country and also covers the other 11 CIS countries, helping visitors to make the most of their trip, avoid the typical pitfalls and hopefully having a little fun thrown in.

The first handbook was highly praised for its practical nature and the second edition has followed very much in its footsteps. Constant change is a fact of life in Russia, yet in the two years since the original publication was released, oil prices have plummeted, taking the rouble down with it and the whole country into recession. We have also witnessed the conflict in eastern Ukraine and now Syria, unprecedented shifts in attitude towards the western world as a result of financial sanctions having been imposed, and if that wasn’t enough, many foreign food items are no longer available in the shops – at least not legally!

The latest guide has not only been brought bang up to date but has been revamped, including a feature on the growing region of Tatarstan, plus includes more details on doing business in Kazakhstan as this is featuring more prominently on Expats’ ‘to go’ lists on business development trips. There is even now a section on what to do when invited to visit a Russian banya!