If you are not Russian and interested in dating a Russian girl, you may need a bit of an instruction manual.While the basic rules of dating etiquette obviously apply, there are a few quirks that Russian girls have that sometimes create conflict between girls from Russia and men from the West (trust me, I know from experience!If you really want to unravel the mystery that is a Russian woman, you should probably skip this survival guide entirely and read some Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.

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Some aspects of western style game work well: humor, banter, and a little bit of teasing.

Ultimately, you can be much more direct than with Western women.

So, here are a couple of essential rules you’ll want to follow if you want to get a second date. If you’re addressing a Russian woman you don’t know in Russian, there is only one appropriate term for it and it is “devushka,” which means “young woman.” And yes, even if the woman in question is in her late fifties, she would still be a “devushka.” Any other form of address would not just upset her, but could also be seen as an insult. In Russia, a woman expects you to pick up the bill on dates even when she is technically the one that invited you and even if you ordered a cup of coffee while she enjoyed a five-course meal with dessert.

Yes, in Paris or New York, people tend to go halfsies on a bill.

I find that simple expressions of interest work well.

There is nothing wrong with expressing your intentions that you find her beautiful as a women and value her mind.

In Moscow on the other hand, if you try such a maneuver then your date will likely think you’re a cheapskate. Feminism is something Russian women tend to leave at home when they go to a grocery store.

If she is a well-mannered person, she would probably get her purse and do a fake “reach” for her wallet, making it seem like she is ready to pay her share. If there are two bags in front of you two, and one is heavier, you should take both of them.

The ideal to strive for is ensuring your female companion is carrying nothing except her purse. Compared to their Western counterparts, Russian women are more open to male chivalry – and are more likely to expect it from you. In Russia giving flowers in even numbers is only considered appropriate for funerals, although modern florists claim you’ll be fine as long as the total number exceeds a dozen.

Opening the car door for her, helping her with her coat, letting a woman go first when entering or exiting a building – all of this is standard operating procedure in Russia, but they help to make a good impression nonetheless. So, as a rule of thumb, either buy flowers in odd numbers, or buy so many that she won’t be able to count.

Russian women respect men who are strong, self-assertive and confident in their intentions.