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.
Still, since Russian authors were never known for their brevity, sending you off to a library before your first date with Natasha or Tatiana or Olga would simply be inhumane on our part.
Help her get out of a taxi or car, open and hold a door and let her go first, help her take her coat off, pull out the chair so that she can sit, etc.
Also, when you walk, offer her your arm – she will like that gesture.
The following tips will help you follow the rules of Russian dating etiquette.
A gentleman is a kind of man each woman is dreaming of.
Not every woman would like hugging, so make a good first impression by holding and kissing her hand softly.
It is customary both for men and women to dress sharp for a date.
Kissing her on her chick, unless it’s not the first date, will be too boldly.
She thinks that a real gentleman always pays for dinner and if she offers him to go Dutch, she’ll offend him.
Even if she does offer, insist on paying because she may be testing you in such a way.
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.