Cláudio asked:

The use of patronymics, addressing one another by first and last name (e.g., Hi John Smith, how are you today?) is this to do with Russian culture, the time the novel was written or combination of both?

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Fedar S. In the Russian language, combining the first name with the patronymic is a polite way to address a person if he or she is not your close friend, much older than you and/or a higher authority.
Also, a patronymic is not the same as a last name, and addressing a person with their last name is less formal and polite in Russian.
The Usual I suspect this is a little late, and I'm not Russian, but if you read more Russian novels you'll find it's perfectly normal. It happens in Bulgakov, so it's not simply a matter of the time when it was written.
Incidentally, the patronymic is not the last name, but is derived from the father's first name. The use of first name, patronymic and/or last name depends on the relationship between the characters and the impression they're trying to give.
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