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.
*** 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.
VKontakte, the most popular Russian-language social network.
I entered some personal information, uploaded an especially flattering picture of myself, then used the search function to find all single women between 25 and 35 in Ukraine who were online at the moment — around p.m. There were more than 10,000 available, all sorted by a rating system which seemed to be directly proportional to the amount of pictures a woman had posted of herself in a string bikini, and how good she looked in said bikini.
VKontakte translates roughly to "In Touch," but I was not there to make lasting friendships.
"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."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.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.
In contrast, Ukrainian men hardly ever message her—"it's not in [their] nature."But the messages she receives, she said, are invariably dull.