Nina Zgurskaya, in her twenties, told Russian television that her relationship with the young Siberian lawyer had broken down after a romantic seaside holiday in Crimea went awry.
She had expected him to propose after two years together, she said, but discussions about their future had only led to a squabble. She dumped him when he failed to pop the question.
“We went to Fedosia, Crimea, for 12 days and agreed that it was a romantic trip where he will propose to me. But it didn’t happen. So I left,” she told Russia’s Prima TV between tears and giggles.
A few weeks later she received court papers. Her ex-boyfriend had meticulously catalogued flower shop, restaurant and café receipts during their time together and demanded she repay all the money he had spent.
The total amount claimed was 45,000 roubles, or £466 – including legal fees payable to himself.
Although Siberia’s Krasnodar regional court dismissed his first claim, the determined young man has now lodged an appeal.
He claims he never considered Ms Zgurskaya his girlfriend and the pair had nothing but a “working relationship”.
“She can’t prove that we were even in a relationship,” the man, who wished to remain unnamed, told Russia’s STS television channel. “I never said that I was giving her a present or a free ride. Is it immoral to go to court? Am I expected to give money to every woman on the street?”
I honestly don’t know whose side to take her. This is the most conflicted I’ve ever been, which says a lot about how much stress I experience on a day-to-day basis. My first instinct was to take this guy’s side because I’m all about being petty and cheap. Save all of your receipts. You never know when some hoe is going to break your heart.
However, I also want to take Nina Zgurskaya’s side. Mainly because she’s kind of hot and if there’s any chance she reads this, I want her to know that I have her back. I mean, if we ever started dating I would for sure keep a tab of how much money she’s costing me but still.
So yes, I’m conflicted.
Also lawyers are the fucking worst.