This article is for women who are dating Russian men.

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As mentioned, when you allow yourself to be open to the cold, hard fact that Russian dating is different, you'll begin to see why this is crucial if you really want to be in a serious relationship with a Russian man.

When Russian men and women greet each other for the first time, it is customary to shake hands - NOT to kiss on the cheek.

The biggest mistake most people make when they're dating Russian men is that they don't take the time to learn Russian.

Along with cultural challenges, the language barrier is the single biggest reason why these relationships fail.

If you think loyalty is unnecessary and boring, don’t date Russians. Visiting your girlfriend’s house will be accompanied with feasts (soups, meat, soups with meat, salads consisting of 50% mayo, potatoes, potatoes, bliny with mince and more potatoes, and then a cake for dessert), and as it is not polite to not finish your meal in Russia, you will have to deal with all that amount of food.

You’d expect help from your beloved, but when it comes to hospitality, all Russians tend to become unreasonable and overfeed their guests until it is hard to move. Is dating a Russian girl worth putting on a lot of weight?

In Russian society it is usual for a man to bring flowers (especially on a first date), so you should expect this.

Also, remember that Russians only give an even number of flowers (like a dozen roses) for funerals, so you can expect to receive an odd number (1,3,7 or 11 are common).

In Russian society, however, men still act very much in a chivalrous manner, by opening doors for women, helping them with their coats, and so forth.

As a woman, you should be prepared to be with a man who takes care of his woman in ways such as this. This means that a Russian woman will not have to pay for her meal, for instance, if she is out with her husband / boyfriend, as well as her father, brother, and any other male friends. There is no concept of "his money" and "her money" for the majority of Russians.

You should greet a Russian man with a pleasant handshake and look him in the eyes to show that you are open and honest. If you're in Russia, this means dress smartly, and dress according to where you're going.