Where can you find Russian singles who speak English

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Russian women are likable, to say at least. It would be so outstanding if you could use your natural charm and the perks of being a foreigner on them. And yet, there’s an obvious obstacle right in the way of accomplishing that plan. A statistical tragedy — most people in Russia barely speak English (including those Russian singles some men dream about).

As a result, the chance of running into your perfect match in Russia is pretty low, as Russian singles wouldn’t understand a word you say. That’s a complication, but don’t abort your plans for dating tourism just yet. With the help of said statistical data and some research, it is possible to deduce, what regions of Russia speak English the most. 

Better yet, it’s quite possible to narrow the search circle down even more via the same methods. Watch and take notes. And no, it’s not an obsession, it’s just science.

English language in Russia overall

Russia has very limited ties to Britain, European Union, United States or any other English-speaking area. Plus, it was a bolshevik state some time ago, and the isolation inflicted by the Iron Curtain hasn’t as of yet faded away completely. English is a priority language here, but there’s really no point in studying it for most people. 

The largest percentage (per region) of people who speak at least minimum English is about 54%, and the average is 52%. And, mind you, the rate includes all of the inhabitants, not just Russian singles. 

Compared to about a 70% rate in the Netherlands, that’s a tiny number. Even considering the population rift between two countries (145 million in Russia to 17 million in Holland), it’s pretty hard to randomly stumble upon a Russian who speaks good English.

52% may sound like a good number. But again, it includes all people who speak at least minimal English. How many people know it on the colloquial level is within speculation.

Knowledge of English per area

Not all areas within Russian borders like this language on the same level. Places, where English meets the highest popularity, aren’t necessarily the ones that have the highest demand for it.

Sure, the biggest cities share this tendency, but there are also odd regions at the top of the list. See for yourself:

St. Petersburg, it seems, has become somewhat of a hub for international dealings in Russia. Or, alternatively, people still love everything about Europe here. 55% of Petersburgers speak English on some level. It’s the highest rate in Russia.

Chelyabinsk oblast is one of those odd places. It doesn’t seem right, considering that Chelyabinsk is the industrious center, not a commercial one. Nevertheless, the number is 54.28%. However, you wouldn’t want to travel here for touring or any other purposes. Not that it’s hellish in there, it’s just not a place for travel. You wouldn’t visit the US just to enjoy the views of Detroit, would you?

— The same goes for Tula oblast in the third position (with 54.16%). It’s not a bad city, per se, but there are better. Considering that the fourth place is much more comfortable and doesn’t stray back that much, the choice is obvious.

Moscow is a pretty nice city (it’s the capital, duh). That’s probably where you’d want to peek in first. Apart from the huge number of things to see, there are also a lot of people who could point you in their direction. About 53.86% know English at least on a child’s level. A child’s level isn’t enough, of course.

The honorable mentions: Yekaterinburg city, Vladivostok city, Kazan city, Nizhniy Novgorod and Yaroslavl — all pretty civilized and above 50

How much of it are women?

There is data for this question as well. And in this case, you’re very lucky (probably). See, up until the age of 22, the percentage of people who speak English in Russia stays on the same level as average in Europe (~55%). But from this point on, the rate is rapidly decreasing. It’s 53 for the age of 25, 51 for 30, and 49 for 38. 

About 49% of people, younger than 22 and older than 18, are women. Let’s assume that knowledge of the language is divided evenly between the genders. That gives us a pretty optimistic number of those you can potentially hit on. Sadly, there are no data on how much of them are Russian singles, but let’s leave the problem of figuring it out to you.

Where to begin?

Pretty sure, the first two places you’d want to visit in Russia are Moscow and Petersburg. That’s what touring agencies and common sense usually tell you. And that, of course, is a good and sensitive decision, both for dating and seeing sights.

Both are no villages, Moscow itself is the most populated city in Europe, suffering more than 12 million people (It’s crazy huge in size, too).

Picture of students from Russia


An obvious example of an institution that holds large amounts of educated (to some degree) people is a university. You may visit some of those in Moscow, sure, but it’s a dull and inconvenient way. The students don’t necessarily attend classes and then come home never to leave it again. They hang out, that’s what students do.

It’s not hard to figure out where they like to gather, it’s usually small places in the vicinity. Like cafes and other hubs where they don’t charge you that much. You’ll definitely find one of those Russian singles in there.

The hard truth, though, is that they mostly prefer to choose one of their own. It’s not that much of a problem, however, if you know how to use your natural charms.


Dating Russian singles online and then meeting them in the real world is still an option. Many people do it (this very site just that). To tempt a Russian woman to meet you outside is challenging, it needs a bit of theory, first of all. But then, if you manage to build a lasting relationship online, she’ll look forward to the offline date.

It’s much easier to know if the woman speaks English online, most dating websites and some social networks allow you to point that out in your profile. Saves you trouble, awkwardness and disappoint, knowing that a beautiful woman you just met speaks zero English.

City center

Not necessarily a geographical center, but a place with most sights, cultural and administrative spots, is where you need to head. It’s not expensive to be there, not as a rule, so don’t worry about spending a lot just to be somewhere interesting.

The idea is that most tourists, like yourself, don’t loiter on the outskirts of the big cities, but rather go straight to the most interesting and popular areas. People who live and work here choose to learn English and some other languages not to be in a disadvantageous position. 

You can either make money or good acquaintances there. There are lots of cafes, parks and other establishments where people from abroad sit alongside the locals.

Outside of Russia

Picture of Canadian Russians

Russian diaspora is pretty numerous. If you happen to live in a large city in Europe, there’s probably a Russian diaspora (and Russian singles) in the vicinity. Russians tend to stick together, and, thus, they don’t actively learn English or your own native language that often. However, there’s no shame in trying. Here’s where you can find them:

United States host about 3 million of them. Be advised, however, that many of them only have some Russian roots and represent just a fraction of what a Russian person really is;

Canada is home to 0.5 million ethnic Russians, and the situation here is quite different. The Russian genes here are a bit fresher, that’s why more people speak actual Russian at home. In short, they are more Russian than most of their American cousins. And don’t forget that there’s also a large diaspora of Ukrainians in here;

Germany has a Russian population at about 0.5 million, most of them dwell in former Eastern Germany, unsurprisingly. You can hear Slavic speech here pretty often, actually. The local Russians have in fact moved here after the WW2, that’s why they know some English (better than Russian Russians anyway), but they still retain what’s called a Russian identity;

Brazil, a melting pot of immigrants, is home to about 0.2 million Russians. They live very tights in one specific state called Paraná (in the South) alongside German and Polish immigrants.

Other than that, Russian women also live in the countries of the former Soviet Union, but what’s the point going there if you don’t want to visit Russia itself.

In conclusion

This topic is in fact for a shorter kind of relationship, because if you intend to stay in Russia for a while, you’ll find your match soon enough. But the way this text suggests is ideal for a quick romance, not a long relationship. Be mindful of that. 

But in case you are simply way ahead of your current position in your research, and still only preparing, you may very well check out some other guides on the subject. Or, even better, have a look at the video:

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