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.
Life is not as scary," said one respondent in a poll conducted by the website.
Dating coach Tolstykh expects that the niche of women expressly looking for foreigners will become smaller as a new generation of Russian men adopt more emancipated views on relationships.
Tolstykh, whose agency "Here I Am" helps Russian women establish relationships with European men, said most of her clients were "mature" women who had already gone through a divorce or had been disappointed by their relationships with their fellow countrymen.
That reputation persists today, and it is not wholly without cause.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.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.