As relations between Russia and the West have soured over the Ukraine crisis, the image of Europe as a beacon of stability has also suffered, with the Greek economic troubles and Syrian migrant crisis receiving broad coverage."Who wants to go to Europe anyway, with all the chaos that's going on there? A floundering ruble is not likely to be enough to change that trend, suggested dating coach Ponomaryova.Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.
Galina Ponomaryova, 63, has been a dating coach for 15 years.
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.
Tolstykh said that more travel experience meant the younger generation of Russian women no longer viewed foreigners through "rose-colored glasses." Terror stories about women who have moved abroad have helped to paint a less rosy picture of mixed marriages.
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.
Most male expats say that their nationality can still have a positive impact on girls.
"You can just speak English and heads will turn," said Sean, 26, an English language teacher.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.But among younger Russian women, who did not experience life under the Soviet Union and are too young to be scarred by past experiences, foreign men have less cachet.During the speed dating session, most women told the Moscow Times reporter that dating a Russian man would be easier and cause less friction.Many of the agencies also offer English language courses and translators to facilitate online communication.