Since most Russian students do not have the financial resources to live on their own, many opt to live in their university’s ramshackle, isolated dormitories.
Think one hour outside of the city center by metro, followed by a 20-minute bus ride.
If your man has already graduated and has a good job, chances are he still lives with his parents — and possibly grandparents.
So after that romantic dinner, get ready to say “Good evening!
” to granny, who will force-feed you sausages until you awkwardly retreat to your boyfriend’s childhood bedroom.
All healthy men in Russia between the ages of 18 and 27 who are not enrolled in higher education and who are not caring for children or relatives are required to complete one year of military service (a reduction from the previous term of 18 months).
Men will go to great lengths to avoid this miserly fate, often bribing doctors for medical exemptions.