From the South China Morning Post:
Russian tourists are the unsmiling masters of the cultural faux pas and practitioners of the “no one likes us; we don’t care” approach to travel. While there are worse misdemeanours, the Russian Foreign Ministry decided things were serious enough for them to produce a tourism etiquette brochure offering helpful tips that included “refrain from prodding Kenyans and calling them monkeys”.
A falling rouble has translated into fewer Russians hitting the road in recent times, and in some places they’re starting to be missed.
A couple of years back, a Sri Lankan told me he found Russians surly, impolite and prone to getting wildly drunk and smashing up hotel furniture. His views weren’t unusual – 42 per cent of Russians believe their compatriots are the worst-behaved tourists. When we spoke recently, the same man ruefully admitted that he was starting to feel the economic impact of their absence and wanted to know how long it would be before the rouble bounced back.