International dating in russian and ukraine
The bill aims to protect vulnerable foreign brides from abuse by requiring U. international matchmaking services to run extensive background checks on their male clients.
I wanted to find and speak to some of the young women who have drawn foreign bachelors with the hopes of finding Eastern European wives to the site."I'm not interested in any one of them."Welcome to the new online meat market for schlubby American men to score young Eastern European brides.*** Stephen Ewald, a 40-year-old accountant from Michigan, met his fiancée — a 24-year-old Ukrainian named Alina Chumakova — on VKontakte in 2009.The "romance tours," where schlubby middle-aged American divorcees pay thousands of dollars to meet these leggy blondes in Ukraine or Russia, are But some men have grown wary of the industry that promises them lifelong happiness with a woman from the economically-depressed country of their choice.They complain that the agencies are corrupt, and more interested in making money than matches.The mail-order bride industry is fascinating and troubling because it extends the cold logic of capitalist globalization to the very personal institution of marriage.
So is it really any surprise that guys considering "buying" a bride through an agency are turning to social networks, where everyone's selling themselves all the time?
"We all have a natural desire to want to get as a close as possible to the real thing, to meeting some pretty girl on the corner" said William Lee, the proprietor of the website Russian Women and a professional coach for men looking for Eastern European wives.
"Or in this case, randomly meeting some pretty girl online."For their purposes, VKontakte is the perfect alternative.
I chatted with Natalya Galugan, a pretty 26-year-old from Kryvyi Rih.
She said she gets up to three messages a day from men, "90% from Muslim countries" like Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.
But VKontakte has since developed some distinct features—most notably, a vast catalog of pirated HD movies and music, which you can stream right from your profile—that have made it far more popular than Facebook.