Dating russkij

While English speaking countries such as Britain and the United States do feature on the list of most common countries for marriages – they lag well behind the most popular locations, which include Ukraine, Turkey and Moldova.

A lack of romantic interest in foreigners isn’t necessarily that new a phenomenon, either, as a poll of under 25s nearly a decade ago found that fewer than one in ten Russian women would consider getting a husband from overseas.

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Naturally, language barriers can be a problem when embarking on the dating scene in Russia – and while many people in the big cities speak English, it’s certainly not common everywhere.

There’ll also be the need to adapt to a different culture of intertwined families, as Russian family trees can be sprawling and spread across three or four generations.

Do women in Russia really love foreigners, and do men really dress up smartly for dates?

Before jumping into dating in Russia, here’s what you need to know about dating customs in your new country including how to access popular Russian dating sites.

While Russian people are sometimes portrayed as being serious or even melancholic in the western media, that stereotype is actually rather unfair.

As well as being highly domestic, Russian women are fiercely devoted and are more likely to be willing to settle into a family life looking after their husband and children than more career-centred women in other countries.

They’re also ambitious and will strive for the most success they can get in terms of their work and personal lives.

They like socialising, and in particular, drinking.

Russian men – rightly or wrongly – may be taken aback by outwardly ‘unfeminine’ behaviour on a date, so swearing profusely and smoking is likely to be frowned upon.

Russian men can be intense and quite emotional in conversation, but don’t take this personally – it’s just in their nature.

On the first meeting, you’ll usually shake hands to form an acquaintance, and eye contact when doing this is valued.

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