Comparing British and Russian men, she said her compatriots trail by a score of five to one.
'They won't touch you when they pass by, or slam the door in front of you, or let a woman to carry a heavy bag,' she said.
When they first met in Spain he thought all Russian women were like James Bond enemy Rosa Klebb, the SMERSH assassin with the blade in her stiletto, she said.
British men of a certain age make ideal husbands for younger, glamorous Russian women - even if they do have some strange habits, according to a new best-selling book in Moscow.
The vote of confidence comes from author Elena Davydova, once an executive with Russian Playboy, who said she was so happy with her English husband that it made up for living in the 'godforsaken town' of Swanage in Dorset, where she now has a home.
And Davydova is impressed by those men who wed women with three or four children from a previous marriage - 'and do not mind this'.
They are also 'polite with the servants and cleaners - they will never abuse these people', while seeing it as 'beneath their dignity' to complain about food or poor service in a restaurant.