Whilst Russia is advanced in education, culture, science, industry and many other "work" fields (Russians sent the first man into space and the first space ship, this stands for something) and could for a long time play parity with the west, Russian social structures are totally outdated and hardly changing.In family relationships, Russia is behind women's liberation by probably 60-70 years and right now relationships are like they were in America in mid-1950th.You can ask any Russian woman or read Russian women profiles, this theme comes up all the time.Without having her own family, a Russian woman cannot see sense in her life..Russians have mobile phones, international fast food chains and Mc Donald's, Internet, IPAD's and latest cars (Moscow has the highest number of Mercedes and BMW's of all world's cities, including Germany - and Moscow has more dollar billionaires than New York! Yes, Russians live mostly in small apartments as compared to most western countries where people live in small houses in suburbia, but look at Manhattan in NY, this is very similar. So, living conditions whilst yes, there is some difference, it's not like Uganda or Vietnam vs. I can tell you living conditions and better life were NOT the reasons why I started to look for a husband abroad.I didn't want to "leave Russia"; this wasn't the goal.Yes, most Russian women work (and were always working since the Communist Revolution in 1917), there is still plenty of male chauvinism and since men occupy most powerful positions, they don't want it changed!
Russian culture tells women their happiness is in the family; and to men their happiness is in their career/work.I simply wanted to get married and have a husband and kids and my own family!And this is why the question "Why Russian women want to leave Russia" is ultimately wrong; Russian women want to find a good man for marriage - this is the goal, not leaving Russia or immigration." (Or "Why Russian women want to marry Australian men", or "Why Russian women want to marry English men" etc, etc).You may ask me then why there are so many ads of Russian women seeking men abroad, on the Internet, seeking men in countries like United States, Canada, Australia and Europe - yes, this is true, but this doesn't mean Russian women WANT to leave Russia or marry western men.