Her self-help book promises to hand women the key to "joint travel, candlelight dinners, a home in Europe" and a "comfortable life" in 90 days.Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.That reputation persists today, and it is not wholly without cause.Most male expats say that their nationality can still have a positive impact on girls.
The economic slump has had an impact on the supply side too, as foreigners leave the capital in droves.
"You can just speak English and heads will turn," said Sean, 26, an English language teacher.
Russian women are also more forward, he says: "You can just be talking to someone and some beautiful girl will come up to you with a chat-up line.
Back at home, the guy would have to have to make the first move." Not every Russian woman has access to expat hangout spots, though, giving rise to a booming business of dating agencies that specialize in foreign men.
Type the Russian words for "get married" or "meet" and "foreigner" into Yandex — the Russian equivalent for Google — and a door opens.