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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.

"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.

Now, for single people moving to Panama, and maybe even some Panamanians in the dating game, I hope this article gives you some new insight on the mixing and mingling world of love and new friendships.

Now, before someone writes in saying, “Wait a minute, Chris. What would you know about dating in this day and age? I have been married to my Panamanian wife, Marlene, for a long time.

You should hear some of the stories we’ve been privy too.

Through what we’ve both learned, we’ve compiled a list, and I want to share that with you now.

But for most, the answer to the question for now is still a resounding "no".

"When you go out with a guy, even if you're just friends and there's no romantic subtext, you would always expect him to pay," says Svetlana Kolchik, deputy editor of Russia's Marie Claire, which paid for the adverts.

"When I discuss dates with my girlfriends, one of the first questions is 'Did he pay for you?