The GUS bride safaris: How Western men search for a traditional wife in Russia & Ukraine

Dear friends,

There have been jokes about “mail order brides” that go as far back as the early eighties; many of us have heard about it. There are a lot of International online dating websites that even encourage online dating between countries to enable these “mail order brides” to meet men in other countries.

We have experienced everything from movies to stand-up comedians on the subject, but how much do we really know about the Russian/Ukrainian bride safaris? Today I am going to discuss the article “The Soviet bride safaris: Inside the seedy parties where Western men hunt for impoverished young Russians and Ukrainians to make ‘traditional, sexy’ wives” published on I found this article very interesting, but at the same time bitter and a little bit cynical. So inside the sordid “mail order brides” parties…

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Men from all over the world are making their way to the former Soviet Union to find romance and companionship on Romance Tours through use of the Russian/Ukrainian bride safaris. This is a perfect way to combine travel and exploration of new places, with potentially finding a wife. Of the different countries around the world that are participating, it appears that American and British men are the most abundant.

It is not hard to understand why, with a country that is populated with ten women to every one man. In a country subjected to an economic crisis, some have found a way to prosper through creating a system that allows foreign men an opportunity to meet women, which they would otherwise never have a chance to meet.

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For between $2,450.00 and $4,900.00 or (£1,500 to £3,000) any Western man looking for a Ukrainian or Russian woman can participate in a Romance Tour, in any one of several former Soviet Union cities, but the most predominant would be Kiev, the capital city of the Ukraine.

The Kiev tour gives men from any location, or occupation, a chance to tour a city as rich in history as it is in women. Most tours even have the ability to overcome language barriers, by having interpreters on site, and through the duration of the tour.

The Kiev tour for instance, consists of approximately twenty men that are being introduced to multiple women, sometimes as many as one-hundred to two-hundred and fifty in a couple of weeks. All of these women are young, beautiful, single and looking to start a long term relationship, according to the tour officials.

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Although there has been some controversy, this is becoming a booming industry for Russia and Ukraine. The International online dating and marriage industry also has the added benefit that the visa rules are significantly less stringent in Ukraine than those in Russia.

Although there has been controversy over the ethical connotations that the Russian /Ukrainian bride safari offers, most participants openly state their approval of the situation; men and women alike.

Western men looking for a Ukrainian wife offer statements like: “I want a woman who wants to be a traditional wife. A wife, who stays at home, takes care of the home and children if we have them. Too often now, our women are raised to not only be independent, but career driven, and most lack the nurturing that women used to be raised with. What is wrong with wanting that?

Another man was quoted stating, “At home I have a hard time meeting women. Even when I can, I find it hard to find a woman who likes me. Here, I have the opportunity to meet hundreds of women in a short time, and in a comfortable atmosphere.

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On the other hand, one of the Ukrainian women on the romance tour stated: “Yes, I am looking to meet a foreigner. I am looking because other countries don’t have as high a rate of divorce, domestic violence as we do. I want a man who wants to share his life with me; I don’t really care how old he is.

So in conclusion, the Russian / Ukrainian bride safari is an evolved version of the mail order bride. Now in 2013, for approximately five thousand dollars or less, you can go on a tour where you can meet between five women, and a couple hundred women, all of whom are interested in meeting someone to start a relationship with.

All while traveling to an exotic locale, and enjoying several sites in the former Soviet Union. Perhaps some will find a significant other, or even a spouse. Others of course won’t, but at this point, it seems like the Russian / Ukrainian bride safari will be continuing business for the foreseeable future.

On the other hand, I am convinced that the Romance tour offers you a chance to meet a Ukrainian woman for marriage and life.


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2 Responses

  1. james says:

    Hi I am James and I am very interested in finding a wife.

    I’m not a rich man does this exclude me?

    I have met an Ukrainian girl before and she was lovely and kind are most like this?

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