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Saying "hello" in Russian depends on who you are talking to. "Здравствуйте" is a formal way to say hello and should be used with people you don't know, older than you, or anyone else who you keep a formal relationship with. If you meet a friend, relative or a person that's considerably younger than you, you can say "здравствуй" (very polite) or simply "привет" which means "hi".
"Здравствуйте" comes from the word "здоровье" (health) and literally means "I wish you health" or "be healthy". So every time you say hello in Russian you actually wish people to be healthy.
More Russian sentences with the words that contain "здравствуй".