Top Tips for Impressing Russian Men

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When looking at Russian men as potential matches, there are a few things you should know. Russian men are slightly easier to impress than Russian women, but they also make much faster judgments about whether or not a woman is right for them – and they can be very dismissive if they decide you’re not the one (and difficult to convince otherwise). Just as is the case for Russian women, there are certain things that Russian men like and even expect from Russian women ​and would like to see the same in a partner who is not from Russia – although they might never admit it.

 If a Russian man has stolen your heart, here are some ways to impress him.

Challenge Him

Russian women can sometimes be headstrong, and while they may complain about it, Russian men like a woman with a strong opinion. So if you have one, don’t be afraid to express it. This doesn’t mean challenging him on everything he says and does of course, but if you disagree with what he’s saying, speak up! Or, if you’re sick of him sitting in front of the TV all day, poke fun at him for it – he’ll find it refreshing and motivate rather than annoying.​

Make Him Breakfast

Yes, almost everything that follows from this point is very gendered, but unfortunately, ​​stereotypical gender roles are still alive and well in Russia. Russian men typically show a slight preference for this, even in small, sometimes almost unnoticeable or unexpected ways. One of these ways is that they will really appreciate if you make them breakfast, especially without being asked. 

Clean His Room

This sounds strange, and you shouldn’t do it all the time, but if you find yourself in the situation where you’re in his house without him and it’s a mess, and you want to impress him, you should do a little bit of tidying up. This doesn’t mean going through his stuff, but just doing small things like washing the dishes, putting away the video games scattered all over the floor, making the bed, folding any clothes strewn about the place, and so on. He might not even mention it, or he might act offended, but he will actually be pleasantly surprised.

Let Him Be a Gentleman

Russian men are trained from a young age to be chivalrous, and you shouldn’t fight him too much when he tries to do the same to you. This means letting him pay the bill, letting him carry heavy items (and even ones that you could easily carry yourself), letting him give you his coat when it’s cold, pick the wine, fix stuff around the house, and so on. He’ll appreciate being able to do what he’s used to. This doesn’t mean you have to play an 18th-century damsel in distress, but just allow him to treat you like a lady when he attempts to do so.

Dress Tastefully

Russian women can be a bit over-the-top in their style, and Russian men can either love this or hate it. However you choose to dress, most Russian men will appreciate you looking put together. This could mean something as simple as clean jeans and shoes instead of tattered ones with old sneakers. As long as you try to wear high-quality, clean, neat clothes whether they’re simple or outrageous, it will be appreciated. Russian men have a bit of a distaste for messy looks, due to their upbringing, so doing that little bit to look nice will again help him to feel more at ease.