Russians are very superstitious!! One of their weirder beliefs deals with how they handle money transactions especially at restaurants. Instead of handing them your payment for your meal you will receive the bill in a box or small tray. Whether you pay cash or with credit card you get your change or credit card receipt back in a box or tray because they will not handle your money directly. Russians believe money carries negativity which is the reason for this unusual practice. Every culture has its "peculiarities."