"Thanks to you and your website I got married yesterday! She describes her friendship with an American man: "I was once too afraid to believe in fairy tales." Sixteen percent of all marriages registered in Moscow in the first ten months of 2015, were mixed, according to data from the state registry office.
The most popular source countries were Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and CIS countries, followed by Germany, Afghanistan and Israel.
I actually wanted to select number 3, but fucked up (oddly enough, I put another two down as well but my friend pointed out that I had selected the wrong numbers).
Essentially, I could have accidentally made all the wrong selections which, admittedly, would have led to amusing, if not awkward results.
Initially, women were hoping to find a partner from the United States, then Britain.
Today, European countries and Turkey are more in vogue. Decades after the Soviet collapse, the "American Boy" fantasy is starting to fade.
Her self-help book promises to hand women the key to "joint travel, candlelight dinners, a home in Europe" and a "comfortable life" in 90 days.
Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.
Obviously my reserved English upbringing forced me to move on, but that’s just the way it is these days.
"Who the most desirable foreigners are, depends on fashion. Following an economic boom during Putin's first term, living standards have improved and many of the perks of living in the West are now on offer in Moscow too.
In a poll conducted in 2009 by Superjob.ru, one in four women aged 55 or older said she wanted a foreign husband.
Understandably, these were older women (anyone who knows Russian women, knows that they go a bit insane if they’re not married at like 24) and consequently were probably looking for some financially stable oligarch of 35 with a good sense of humor, fat wallet and a wang that could take an eye out.
I, alas, am not these things but despite that, I did get one match.