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Naturally, foreigners were viewed as a bridge to the more developed and "civilized" West.
The popular rock group Kombinatsiya summed up in endearing, if flawed, English what was most on Russian girls' minds: "American boy, American joy. " Russian women gained a name for going weak in the knees for anyone from the West.
"There's an idea that foreign men will be different [from Russian men]," she said.
European men have a reputation for being more independent and better planners.
"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.
The most popular source countries were Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and CIS countries, followed by Germany, Afghanistan and Israel.
As the economic motivation to search for a partner abroad has weakened, most of the reasons for looking beyond Russia's borders are cultural, says dating coach and English teacher Svetlana Tolstykh, 40.
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.
Many of the agencies also offer English language courses and translators to facilitate online communication.
Roughly twenty men and women have paid 1,500 rubles () to meet a potential new love interest.
Even though only two expats are in attendance, organizers clearly think the "foreign" tag is a crowd puller.
Russia is entering its second year of crisis, widening the lifestyle gap between Westerners and Russians.
The economic slump has had an impact on the supply side too, as foreigners leave the capital in droves.
She said they are also more emancipated — willing to take on household chores and take up an active role in raising children — and that they were softer in their communication.