At the front of my mind are all the little things that you might not think about when going abroad but are actually pretty important:
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Hidden amongst my trivial and daft worries there are a couple of pretty good points. Electrical appliances need the correct adapater. Forum trowling has yielded the answer that Russia mostly operates with European style plugs. Dialects and accents are certainly a concern although for a country of Russia's size it is surprisingly uniform.
Buying a gift to give a host or hostess is (according to Lonely Planet) something that is taken very seriosuly in Russia. I think staying in food and drink is a safe bet. A bottle of wine is the kind of thing that should suffice but with alcoholism still a significant problem in Russia, is a drink necessarily the kindest gift to give somebody, especially if you don't know your host's family situation?
Devon is famous for fudge (apparently) so this is an option. English tea is a good idea as long as my hostess doesn't think I want her to feed it to me instead of Russian tea... probably can't go wrong with biscuits though!
suggestions to the usual address!
last post from the UK coming soon!
PHOTO CREDITS: Cat photo, "Sleepy", taken under Creative Commons from www.guigo.eu's photostream on flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/paldies/85684223/sizes/m/in/photostream/