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Are Russian girls much different from Ukrainian or Belarusian?

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Russian Culture: Holidays

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If you decided to develop a relationship with a Russian woman, or if you are already married to one, make sure you remember main Russian holidays. Russians like holidays. They like to celebrate, to give and receive gifts, so please don’t skip Women’s Day or, God forbid, forget about getting her a Birthday gift. She may not say anything due to pride and modesty, but you will make her sad.
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Are Eastern European Women the Same as Russian?

Question: Are Eastern European (Ukrainian, Belarussian, Latvian) women the same as Russian?

I don’t like the phrase “the same”, because even identical twins who were raised by the same parents will not be the same. If by the word “the same” you mean similar core values and mentality, then I should say yes.

First of all, when the Soviet Union collapsed, many Russians and Eastern Europeans ended up living in different countries and getting different citizenships, which had nothing to do with their nationality. Read more »

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Free Russian Dating Sites – How Legitimate Are They?

With the economy being in a dismal state, it is understandable that more and more Western men are searching for free Russian dating sites or marriage agencies. However, when it comes to Russian dating, free is not always the best choice. Here are the reasons why.

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Russian Culture: Superstitions

If you don’t want to get in trouble or freak your Russian bride or Russian wife out, keep in mind that Russians are usually superstitious. Save yourself an embarrassment or three, try to remember these things:

1. An even number of flowers is considered to be a misfortune and you bring even number of flowers only on funerals and graves. Guess how many flowers were in the first bouquet of flowers, which my American fiancé at the time got for me? 16. I knew he didn’t want me to be dead and I never considered myself to be superstitious, but getting an even number of flowers felt a bit weird.
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Russian Culture: Drinking Tea

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When American and Western people think of Russians and their drinking habits, 9 out of 10 people immediately think “vodka”. Many are surprised to find out that Russians are very passionate about tea-drinking and are drinking more tea than British people. So if you go to Russia to visit your Russian bride, expect to have a lot of tea with her, her family and her friends.

Tea was brought to Russia from China in the 17th century and since then Russian people fell in love with this drink. Believe it or not, tea is the most popular beverage in the country and is closely associated with Russian traditions and culture. Read more »

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Russian or Ukrainian?

Here is a question I got from one of our readers. He was kind enough to let me post it as well as the answer on the website.

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Who Are Mail Order Brides?

Originally mail-order brides were women who listed themselves in catalogs in hopes to be picked by men to marry them. This is one of the reasons why this term has a negative connotation. Russian women who post their pictures and profiles online find the term mail order brides offensive. Read more »

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The Main Reason Russian Women Want to Get Married

The question as to why Russian women want to get married, especially at an early age (early twenties is quite common) pops up quite often. This is not surprising, because if you talk to college age American women you will rarely hear marriage or kids in their near-future plans. So what’s the deal with Russians? Read more »

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Russian-American Marriage Challenges: Privacy vs Openness

Privacy is a big thing in the lives of Americans. Your medical and school records are protected by privacy. Privacy policies are a requirement in almost every field, even in blogging (as we recently found out). You cannot just send you family member or a friend to get your medical tests results, or to pick up your college transcript. Everything is protected by privacy. In Russian language we don’t even have such word. Yes, that’s right. There is no translation for the word “privacy” in Russian.
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