The extravagant jewellery, furs and cars that oligarchs dole out to their women are the stuff of legend but the philosophy – if not the scale – is the same among ordinary Russians.
"I find Russian women to be a bit like Tamagotchi," says one British expatriate who moved to Moscow a year ago and has enjoyed playing Casanova in the city.
"Women spend most of their money on looking beautiful for their man; and in fact, for all men.
"With all the provincial beauties in town, there are 20 women for each decent man. So they don't reach for their wallets so the man doesn't feel uncomfortable when other people look at him like he can't pay for dinner." Olga earns a good wage, and says she sometimes gets round that by giving her boyfriend money before the meal so that his sense of pride won't be dented when it comes to paying.
Other young professional women report that some of their friends are beginning to change and don't like the idea of never contributing financially.
Have you ever personally travelled to these countries to check by yourself? They are all richer than the richest megacities in Canada. Petersburg or Moscow makes figure of a small town ...
Of course you will say that the situation is not famous in small provincial towns and you are right, but in this case, why go abroad?
She cries, is languishing and hope to return close to her family.
Shame on those who put in the head of the girls these miserable thoughts that belong to them."You have to keep feeding them with meals out, little gifts, and so on, to keep them happy." At the end of any romantic dinner in Moscow, the waiter will automatically hand the bill to the man, and even if the woman wants to pay, it can be a problem.Olga, a 24-year-old journalist, explains that many of her friends keep their wallets in their handbags not out of stinginess but for the sake of their boyfriends' pride.It is very fashionable to accuse Russian women and if possible, all without exception, it's easier that way, to rip you off your money.The blame on some rogue international dating agencies whose owners are mostly American, European, Greek and Arabic. Certainly the cost of living in Ukraine is lower than in western countries and the tendency is strong for some Russian or Ukrainian people to increase a bit the price when they see a stranger.If you listen to the media in North America, you'll rarely hear the good of Russia or Eastern Europe.