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."As corny as that sounds, of all the girls I friend requested and messaged, even after the first online conversation something stood out about her." When he met her in person in Ukraine just a few weeks later, they were "inseparable."Last Monday, he flew to Ukraine to bring Chumakova back to the U. They just passed an interview at the American Embassy for Chumakova to get her fiancée visa and are waiting for it to arrive in the mail."Then we can buy tickets to travel back to america! So far, though, theirs is something of a success story for this new subsection of the international dating scene."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.
With that in mind, men like Stephen Ewald are bypassing dating agencies and going straight to the source: The social networks that are increasingly popular in Eastern Europe.
In this way, it's as much a dating site as a social network: You can filter by city, age, relationship status, what a user finds "important in others," and even their view on smoking.
Lee compares the move away from agencies to similar changes in the travel industry.
In contrast, Ukrainian men hardly ever message her—"it's not in [their] nature."But the messages she receives, she said, are invariably dull.
"Standard compliments, inviting to visit them," Galugan said.