Russian society is a hybrid one: on one hand the traditional family values - like getting married and starting a family relatively early, buying a flat and everything else what comes together with that - are very deeply embedded in the ways people plan their life.
Yet in big cities this social order has shifted and people are trying to adopt the European lifestyle.
Whilst many Russian women work, many also stop when they have children.
And like any culture the Russians have been portrayed in the media using stereotypes, but as the story goes there’s usually a reason for those stereotypes.
Whilst I have never dated a Russian man myself, I had a Russian principal in drama school who taught me for two years.
And as a consequence some interesting patterns appear. And then he was shown there what is it to be a real man: a man that doesn’t cry, doesn’t feel, a rock of a man, an iceberg of a man. And it is a winter and the wife still wants a fur coat, or a car or new shoes or a new house. A Russian man misses the true beauty and he wants to talk about the eternal, about the soul and connection.
A man who protects the nation and a man who shows the weak how to be weaker. And not to go there, to escape - he married his girlfriend at the very early age. Or maybe she is 20 years younger and listens to his stories and sucks his dick more willingly. A Russian man generally is resourceful and quick-witted: give him an impossible situation and with a little bit of charisma and out of the box thinking he will find the way out. And the heart of Russian boy-man maybe goes tough because of this injustice. A Russian man wants to be loved, but he wants to free - as he is not allowed that from the very early childhood. Or maybe he wants just to chill with his mates and watch a football game.
Therefore, have a chat to a Russian man before it gets serious about what you’d expect from family life.
Likewise, some Russians are really close to their family and might expect to spend a lot more time with their parents and other relatives than you would.
Women in Russia tend to wear high heels and often skirts or dresses when they go on dates.
This is something they do and you don’t have to do it, but a man might expect that you will, to show that you’ve put in an effort.
If you have a Russian boyfriend you can count on him defending you and scaring off any man who tries to pester you in his presences. In all likelihood he will also defend you in dark alleys when you meet people of dubious character. Apparently, if you live in a small village where there is no real need to walk you home as you aren’t in any danger (everyone there knows everyone so there’s little chance of anything more eventful than walking past the cows) men may consider walking you home to mean something else though.