Ethics is the basic concept of ESG. We can talk about that. Indeed, I read a lot about ethics, <...> and naturally I am interested in certain aspects of Russian culture, including ethics. Researchers note that Russian culture has various attitudes. Falsehood is one of the examples. <...> As they say, the practice of double standards is applied to both the wide circle or official relations and close circle or relations with the near and dear ones. It was assumed that one would lie within the wide circle. When one lied to authorities, it was never frowned upon or considered shameful. It has always been a way of surviving under the given circumstances. <...> At the same time, lying to your close kin has always been viewed as misconduct in Russian culture. It refers both to one’s family and business partners.
It led to the following concept of a successful business in Russia or with Russian partners: you need to go from official to personal. You need to be associated with close circle and partners instead of wide circle, authorities, coercion, and administrative relations. Then people will treat you most sincerely.
Now research says there is a cultural convergence on one hand and a huge gap within one culture on the other. For example, if you compare the traditional Russian culture to the culture of managers (i.e. the same social strata across different countries), Russian managers will be more like European ones than other Russians from other social strata