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Navigating friendships with Russian men can be tricky because their intentions are likely to be a little different to your own.This certainly exists within Western culture, but the undertones are on steroids in Russia, where marriage and children are hot topics amongst the parents of single people in their mid-to-late twenties.Jokes aside, I am lucky enough to have found an excellent Russian man with excellent English who is willing to help me improve my Russian.He encourages me to describe what is going on around me, or to answer in Russian where possible.
This means that I do have to be in the right mood if I’m going to be enthusiastic about going on a first date with a stranger with B1 level English where I’m not sold on whether there’s enough chemistry for the date to be worth putting eyeliner on for.He is also more than happy to take the backseat on every other meal and makes a show of complimenting me whenever I cook.It’s a little Pavlovian, but for now I find it cute so no harm, no foul.Russia is portrayed to the West as a cold, hard place with some magical architecture, myriad vodka shots, and a leader who dances with bears and who, for some unfathomable reason, never wears a shirt. Whilst it is cold, vodka certainly exists, and calendars featuring a shirtless Putin and puppies are not in short supply, there are a thousand misconceptions about Russian culture and people.The people are portrayed in the countless American films featuring Russians as spies or members of gangs who continue to refer to each other exclusively as comrade (which, incidentally, is a word that came into English via the Romance languages and is not at all a Russian word! After living here for long enough to catch a decent glimpse into Russian culture, here are the things that I want you to know about Russia and Russians: Before I get stuck into this point, I want to make it clear that I do not condone any “traditional” view of women that involves domestic violence or any kind of behaviour that devalues, disrespects or degrades the importance of the woman’s free will.