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"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.
The bill aims to protect vulnerable foreign brides from abuse by requiring U. international matchmaking services to run extensive background checks on their male clients.
But to sign up for a social network like VKontakte, all you really need is a working email address.
VKontakte translates roughly to "In Touch," but I was not there to make lasting friendships.
I wanted to find and speak to some of the young women who have drawn foreign bachelors with the hopes of finding Eastern European wives to the site.
*** Stephen Ewald took to VKontakte after a period of romantic disappointment, starting when his wife of 10 years divorced him in 2008.
"She decided to go gay on me," Ewald told me in his sharp midwestern accent.
In 2006, it launched as an almost line-by-line Facebook clone, and the first thing Westerners will notice when logging on is that its design is a shameless rip-off of Facebook circa 2010.
For months, he'd been spamming the profiles of thousands of random Ukrainian women in a virtual quest to find a wife, chatting up whoever would respond with the help of Google Translate.
But the moment he got his first message from Chumakova, asking why he'd friended her, he knew his search was over."I just had a feeling," Ewald said.
"What happened is the advent of all these online travel sites put a lot of pressure on these traditional models, with people going online and booking their own flights," he said.
"The internet cuts out the middleman and the agency is the classic middleman."A more ominous explanation for the shift would be the passage in 2005 of the International Marriage Brokerage Act.