Would dating in russian

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Type the Russian words for "get married" or "meet" and "foreigner" into Yandex — the Russian equivalent for Google — and a door opens.

This is a world of dating agencies, psychologists, therapists, etiquette training and self-help courses, all geared towards the question of where to meet and how to keep foreign lovers.

Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.

Initially, women were hoping to find a partner from the United States, then Britain.

In a poll conducted in 2009 by Superjob.ru, one in four women aged 55 or older said she wanted a foreign husband.

In the age group ten years below that, only 9 percent wanted a foreigner.

The most popular source countries were Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and CIS countries, followed by Germany, Afghanistan and Israel.

Britain and the United States also featured on the list.

The popular state television program "Let Them Talk" recently covered in detail a story of a Russian woman who moved to Norway and was then beaten to death by her Norwegian husband.

European men have a reputation for being more independent and better planners.

She said they are also more emancipated — willing to take on household chores and take up an active role in raising children — and that they were softer in their communication.

The popular rock group Kombinatsiya summed up in endearing, if flawed, English what was most on Russian girls' minds: "American boy, American joy. " Russian women gained a name for going weak in the knees for anyone from the West.

That reputation persists today, and it is not wholly without cause.

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