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But the fascination with foreignness is, it appears, skin deep.
Moscow today, with its hip cafes, shiny business centers and fashionable retail stores, is no longer the Moscow of the '90s, when girls fantasized about being whisked away by a foreign prince in Levi's.
Forums are full of the accounts of Russian women thanking their coaches for a "happy end" — engagement or marriage to a foreigner.
"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.
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.
When Russia plunged into chaos following the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of its citizens looked for a reliable way out.
Naturally, foreigners were viewed as a bridge to the more developed and "civilized" West.
In the age group ten years below that, only 9 percent wanted a foreigner.Russian women are also more forward, he says: "You can just be talking to someone and some beautiful girl will come up to you with a chat-up line.Back at home, the guy would have to have to make the first move." Not every Russian woman has access to expat hangout spots, though, giving rise to a booming business of dating agencies that specialize in foreign men. The subject of her advances, a British Moscow Times business reporter, blushes with embarrassment.Roughly twenty men and women have paid 1,500 rubles () to meet a potential new love interest.
Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.