Russians consider it important to make regular and frequent toasts.No-one should even start drinking at table without making a polite toast to demonstrate that they are aware of their surroundings and want to share the pleasure.

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Now jostling and pushing goes on in the street when getting on to buses, trams and the metro.

At table, the Russians help themselves without asking, which is a relief for Western Europeans and Americans who live in constant fear of inadvertently neglecting their neighbour.

You may simply be a Russian who is trying to find the best way to meet other Russians.

Whatever your story, you will find some answers here.

At first glance Russians seem unfriendly, somewhat “cold” in nature.

While its true that Russians are very restrained in public, the characterization of an “unfriendly” nationality is quite undeserved.

According to the Russian dating etiquette, men should pay for women.

It seems strange to western people, but that’s the way it is.

(The only goal of Russia’s girls in dating is to get married and “create a family“.) A man should demonstrate that he is financially secure, reliable and ready to support.