The theory is that there are a lot of women in Russia who are desperate to marry rich and/or get out of the country, so they will happily marry anyone who provides them with a cushy lifestyle and a visa.The mail-order part comes from the websites that ostensibly act as dating services that match up these willing brides with their future husbands.
As such, Russian women raised to be able to cook, clean, and make babies relatively well (not all of them, of course – but this is the expected standard overall), and they know that these traits are much more appreciated in the West.
Similarly, as Russian society is fairly sexist, some (not all!
Western men are still seen as likely to be rich and easy to please.
A related issue is that in Russian and Ukrainian society, it is still seen as essential for a woman to get married at a relatively young age (around 25 being the allowed maximum).
Once the dating goes offline they are no longer involved in the process. S.-based companies, with satellite branches in Eastern Europe.
There are also scam dating websites of course, where “agencies” make fake profiles online and pay women to write messages, which the men have to pay to see and respond to.“Russian women”, most of which are actually in the Ukraine, go to physical agencies to “sign up” for the website. If a woman is deemed not pretty, young, thin, or educated enough, she will not be able to use the service.
I’m not personally aware of how accurate the translation is, but I do know that a lot of the messages that get sent to men are highly sexual or at least suggestive.
Whether or not that is the woman’s choice is for you to decide. Petersburg, and also in the Ukraine, the economic situation is not great.
But don't bother with the dating websites - you're much more likely to get scammed than anything else.
Get yourself a tourist visa and a plane ticket, learn a bit of Russian and hit up the bars and clubs.
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