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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.
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.
But among younger Russian women, who did not experience life under the Soviet Union and are too young to be scarred by past experiences, foreign men have less cachet.
Type the Russian words for "get married" or "meet" and "foreigner" into Yandex — the Russian equivalent for Google — and a door opens.All of this should be good news for expats' love lives.But the fascination with foreignness is, it appears, skin deep.Initially, women were hoping to find a partner from the United States, then Britain.Today, European countries and Turkey are more in vogue. Decades after the Soviet collapse, the "American Boy" fantasy is starting to fade.