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Navigating friendships with Russian men can be tricky because their intentions are likely to be a little different to your own.

Students in my classes have raised their eyebrows more than once when I’ve mentioned spending time with a male friend.

He speaks in Russian where he thinks I might be able to understand.

It feels a little ridiculous sometimes, to babble to someone the same way a toddler might one minute in one language and then switch back to English a moment later to discuss something substantially more complex than . I’m sure you’ve come across the adage that languages are best learned in the bedroom.

Russia is portrayed to the West as a cold, hard place with some magical architecture, myriad vodka shots, and a leader who dances with bears and who, for some unfathomable reason, never wears a shirt. Whilst it is cold, vodka certainly exists, and calendars featuring a shirtless Putin and puppies are not in short supply, there are a thousand misconceptions about Russian culture and people.

The people are portrayed in the countless American films featuring Russians as spies or members of gangs who continue to refer to each other exclusively as comrade (which, incidentally, is a word that came into English via the Romance languages and is not at all a Russian word! After living here for long enough to catch a decent glimpse into Russian culture, here are the things that I want you to know about Russia and Russians: Before I get stuck into this point, I want to make it clear that I do not condone any “traditional” view of women that involves domestic violence or any kind of behaviour that devalues, disrespects or degrades the importance of the woman’s free will.

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