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Hello everyone and WELCOME!

We are Natasha and Gary – a happily married Russian-American couple, who is thrilled to share knowledge and first-hand experience on challenges and blessings of a Russian-American marriage.

Our site is called “Russian Wife”, because we mostly will be talking about a typical Russian bride’s mindset, mentality and cultural values. When we met each other, we were not terribly familiar with each other’s cultures, which caused tension in our relationship and led us to some embarrassing situations. Now we are able to laugh about it, but we learned many things the hard way. We assume that because you are reading this, you are smarter than we were and you are doing your homework well.

Most of our misunderstandings could have been avoided if we knew and understood each other’s cultures better. Don’t let cultural differences confuse you, and ruin your relationship or marriage.

A Russian-American marriage can be challenging, but it is incredibly exciting and worth every bit of effort at the same time.

If you want to win your Russian love’s heart, improve your marriage, or simply make your Russian woman the happiest woman on earth, read our tips. We are writing them based on lots of research, our experience and on the experience of a number of Russian-American couples we are friends with.

Of course, every couple is unique and some things may not apply to you, but most of the things will. Just stay open minded and do not take everything literally. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a message. We are here to help.

We wish you happiness and endless love.


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PS. Russian women’s mentality is similar (if not the same) as the mentality of Eastern European women, so if your wife is from Belarus or Ukraine, our site will be useful for you as well.

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6 Comments so far

  1. Tuan Le on December 30th, 2009

    I thoroughly enjoyed your insights of russian women and culture. I can better appreciate and understand the mystique of the beautiful and sophisticated russian ladies outside and inside. I have always admired and adore these ladies from afar but now I feel a little closer from reading your articles. They are indeed an eye opener and insightful.

    I am still searching for that one special lady and I’m sure I will find her.

    Thank you for your wonderful articles.

  2. Russian Wife on February 19th, 2010

    Thank you!

    Such comments brighten my day! :D

  3. Mark on June 26th, 2012

    I have enjoyed reading this site very much. I have a question for you, and first would like to give you some background.

    I am a widower, my wife passed away just over a year ago. I have two children by her (4yr old boy, 2yr old girl, both cute, happy, well behaved children) and I have yet to find a site like this that addresses how comfortable Russian women are with a man that has children from a previous marriage.

    I guess that other informaiton would be useful for you to have, so I can say that I’m only 28, and work as a Research Analyst for a University (staff job, not faculty) and am working on becoming a Statistician/Mathematician.

  4. Russian Wife on July 6th, 2012

    Hi, sorry it took me so long to reply back.

    I don’t like generalizing since there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking Russian women (unlike many Russian men) have no problems with kids from previous marriages. It is always better to say what your current family situation is in the beginning. If the woman doesn’t get scared, then it should not cause problems. I know that some women don’t like to deal with family drama if there are ex-spouses involved (joint custody etc), but this is not the case with you.

  5. kent on November 17th, 2013

    I have a couple questions that I have never seen addressed anywhere. Perhaps you can write on them?
    These 2 issues seem to provide the most opportunity for misunderstandings.

    1) Most or all profiles on dating sites list a sense of humor as being important to her. But, humor does not translate well between cultures. What kinds of humor are the women referring to?

    2) The money issue.
    If women put profiles on dating sites that will be visited by western men, how is it that the women do not know about how our culture sees money in a very different way than the Russians do? This also leads to misunderstandings. It seems to me that the (smart) men study Russian culture so we don’t make complete fools of ourselves, but it is not reciprocated with the Russian women learning about our culture in order to prevent these misunderstandings that can wreck what might be a great relationship before it even gets off the ground.

    I’ll keep your site bookmarked, and I hope you write on these things, because no one else seems to want to discuss these topics.


  6. Russian Wife on November 17th, 2013

    Hi Kent,

    Thank you for feedback and suggestions. We’d love to write on these topics. Give us some time, really need to process the first question. I think we are finally at the point when we understand each others humor 99% of the time, but it wasn’t so easy in the beginning of our marriage. Lots of jokes were lost in both translation and cultural context.

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