Russian women’s marriages with foreigners have an ancient history. The first wave of intercultural marriages coincides with the first after-revolution wave of emigration from Russia. Let’s call it a noble one, as the brides originated from the high society.
The second wave of intercultural marriages was connected with violent people's translocations during the World War II.
The third wave falls at the beginning of the 60-ies (and lasts till today), when young people from Africa and Asia started to come to Russia to study. This resulted in 10.000 marriages.
The fourth emigration wave started with the fall of the 'iron curtain' and emergence of market relations in Russia. For the first time an image of a beautiful, white-skinned, family-oriented Russian woman began to be positioned as goods underestimated in the inner marriage market.
According to the information of the US Ministry of Justice, 75.000 brides left Russia for the USA in the course of the last 10 years. This number can be doubled if to take into account that women are invited by other types of visas, i.e. touristic, guest, and educational ones.
Besides, there is a historical mismatch. Countries which make wars and loose male population lack men chronically. It's a Russian history. Countries which accept emigrants (for instance, the USA and Canada) lack women, because labor and professional emigrants are mostly men.
Brides leaving for abroad can be conventionally divided into two flows. An average age of the first flow is 19,5. These are girls which still have no education, lack experience and stable social status. The second flow are women of 30-40. They have already been married and it makes difference to them who their next choice will be.
Reasons for growing women’s emigration are numerous. Russia is still a country with a high level of violence towards women and children. 14-15 thousands of Russian women die annually from their husbands’ hands. Children's alimentation grants are pitiful. On the other hand, there appear types of emancipated and successful Russian women with positive self-esteem who search for men that are more proper. Young girls look at their mothers’ experience and try to build their life a contrario, and are oriented at foreigners at once.
The main reason for women’s emigration now is a crisis of the local family model. If the first emigrants from Russia were ruled by economic motives, and were called a ‘jeans’ or a ‘sausage’ emigration, modern emigrants are searching a higher quality of relationships in a foreign country. Young girls haven’t yet been disappointed in a family as it is, but they are not satisfied with their own and their parents’ lifestyle at all. Their readiness to stay at home and have no job after getting married confuses. A positive experience of international marriages lets contemplate them as a recipe for absolute happiness.