Thus holding the door open for a lady, taking her jacket or coat and being on the side of the traffic when walking with her on the road are all common behavior on the part of Russian men when they are keen to impress the women they are dating.

Don't take these as an attack to your individuality, but as a form of respect for you.

Strong ties to tradition Traditionally Russian society has worked along very clear and separate roles for each gender.

Men are supposed to be the providers while women keep the house and bring up children.

Above all, let him take the lead in asking you out or deciding on the place for the date, at least in the first few dates when you are just getting to know each other.

Later on when you know him better, you can decide whether it is worth changing yourself to suit his ideals in a woman.

Though Russia is known more for its mail-order bride scams in the world of relationships, it is also a land where some of the most handsome and successful men are to be found.

With strong bonds to tradition and yet making their way in the capitalist world, Russian men are some of the most interesting and rewarding to know.

While things have changed a great deal now and women form an important part of the workforce, there are many Russian men who wish to continue with these social and gender roles.

So while a Russian man will willingly change a flat tire in your car, fix a leaking faucet and slog ten hours a day to bring home a nice paycheck, he also expects to be looked after when at home.

Tryst with the bottle Russian men are avid social drinkers as is evident from the association of vodka with a macho Russian image.