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My name is Elena Petrova. As the title of this site says, I am a Russian woman. I grew up in Russia, and spent the large part of my life there. I got married to a Westerner in 1998.
I have a masters degree in philosophy (graduated with distinction), and also a postgraduate education in marketing and advertising. For a few years I worked in commerce, then as a copywriter for an advertisement department of a prominent industrial plant employing over 4,500 people. My last position before I left Russia was as a regional manager of a large marketing agency (one of 22 regional offices), where I had 150 people working for me and quite a comfortable income. I had my own apartment and a car, so the reason why I decided to look for a husband abroad was not because I was desperate or living in poverty.
I lived in Ekaterinburg, one of the biggest cities in Russia, traveled a lot, both around the countries of the former Soviet Union (when I started to travel it was still a country; Soviet Union ended in 1991 and all former 15 Soviet Republics became independent countries) and "far abroad", how Russians call the countries, which were not a part of the USSR. In my opinion, we Russians are really different from the other nations. Read about it in the Russians section of the page "About Russia".
Though I've never had a problem with getting men's attention, I was not able to find The Man Of My Dreams in my homeland. Why? I don't know, deep inside I now think it was simply not meant to be, I was meant to move abroad and become a writer and start a dating agency, and if I met a partner in Russia I know this would never happen! :-) Well, it's kind of a joke but as the saying goes 'every joke has a bit of joke, the rest is the truth'... But facts are facts and the facts are that although I really wanted to get married and have a family, I didn't get married in Russia.
This is why at the age of 29 I decided to broaden my horizons and try to look for someone abroad. Being single at 29 is more than just a little unusual for a Russian woman. It was not just strange, it looked suspicious, and I felt like a complete idiot every time I had to answer the question "Have you got married?" (it meant: "at last...") whenever I met my school or university classmates. Read the Family life section, and you will probably understand why.
You know, marrying a foreigner is one of the hottest topics in Russia. I think, any single Russian woman would have thought about it at least once in her life. This idea came to my mind several times since I was 26, and it took me as little as 3 years to start making it come true. I won't overburden you with the details, let's just say that my search was quite successful. I received more than 250 men's letters from all over the globe, most from the USA. Frankly, I was amazed with the number and quality of men who answered my ad, they were educated, interesting, mature and really wanted to have a family! WOW! This was such a difference with Russian men, it was hard to believe! It nearly looked too good too be true! (This is probably how you feel reading profiles of Russian women)
Long story short, I met my future husband rather quickly although it took us 12 month before we met in person and another half a year before we got married. (Today it happens much faster, Skype and cheap international calling rates help...) Pretty soon I got pregnant with our fist child and in another couple of years we had our second.
I still keep in contact with my Russian friends, and my successful story has encouraged many of them to try the same way. My cousin married a guy from the USA, and my friends are communicating with Americans, Australians and Europeans.
The idea of relationships between Western men and foreign women was really interesting to me, and that is why I decided to design this site. I would like to supply truly unbiased information about Russian women, their motives, aims, and conceptions, and touch on their misconceptions and superstitions.
A while ago I was interviewed by Cosmo, and the lady-reporter seemed to be going to write a completely different story from the beginning of our interview. The announcement for the future article was "South Africa's mail order brides". Sounds a bit nasty, doesn't it? This was the first time I had heard this term "mail order brides", and honestly, I was shocked!!! I had no idea this was the way Russian women seeking partners abroad were represented in western media.
Nevertheless, it looked like the lady-reporter changed her attitude. The cover page to the actual issue with the article said "South Africa's Mail Order Romances". A bit better. And the article finished with the words "Welcome" and "Good luck" addressed to all us Russian women. (Thank you, Shantal.)
This was my first encounter with the way Russian-western marriages were presented in the media. I looked on the Internet in search of the information, and was shocked even more. With so many sources offering information about Russian women, there was precious little information that was not one-sided, or purposefully incorrect.
I found that there are two types of myths in Western society regarding Russian women, positive and negative, both are far from the truth. Even if there is a grain of truth in some of them, they are usually totally wrong about the reasons for the phenomena. This is why I decided to design my own website, and give the opinion of a Russian woman who came through the process herself. Being a qualified philosopher, I tried to deal with questions taking into consideration all facets of my experience, previous Russian and latest Western, and see the whole picture as opposed to looking at separate pieces of the puzzle, and trying to draw conclusions about the whole picture from this very piece. I hope it gives a better understanding of Russian women and Russia in general.
Please note that the main contents of this website, such as pages "About Russia", "Russian Women Secrets" and "Myths And Reality", were written long before I started my dating business, so please don't think they are a usual marketing hype. They express the ideas of a Russian woman on subjects in question, and not the ideas of a dating website owner. I later revised some facts that became outdated (thanks my visitors for pointing me out) but preserved the essence.
So at first this site was designed as an informational source but many of my visitors asked me if I could do this and that for them, and that's how the idea about giving people a service came to my mind. Starting from small things like translations, Russian Brides Cyber Guide started to provide different services to people seeking international relationships.
Since I wanted to keep Russian Brides Cyber Guide as an informational source, the dating agency operations were united under the name of Elena's Models.
Articles about me and my agency were published in many Russian publications including Cosmopolitan, Home Computer, Computers and Internet, Private Life, Krest'yanka (popular women's magazine) and dozens of others. I was invited for TV interviews in Russia and South Africa. I was also asked for interviews by many newspapers and magazines - USA, UK, Russia, Australia, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Finland... I have authored a book in Russian, called "101 tips how to find a husband abroad." I have customers from all over the world. (Click here for the list of countries).
I am very proud to be one of the women who managed to make their way into the Internet business. When I left Russia I did not even know what the Internet was! Now I have an international dating agency with offices in 5 countries - a dream come true! :-)
You can contact me HERE.
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