There is a huge number of single ladies in Novgorod and each of them dreams of a perfect man. So, these are their stories:
In the picture: Alisa Marushchak, 20.
‘There are almost no men here. In the class where I studied, there were 25 girls and just 5 boys. Then I entered the university where I met a guy from Zimbabwe. We were going to get married. I even got a ticket to Zimbabwe but a war started there so I didn’t go.’
In the sketch there is Alisa’s ideal man. Age 27-33. It should be a man of character. A perfect scenario would be if we took a Russian man and added some character traits of an American. She thinks that Russian men are spoiled and do not appreciate the beauty of Russian girls. Besides, they demand too much. A wife should look good, take care of children, go to work and do housekeeping. What do women get in return? Nothing.
Svetlana Vinogradova, 20.
‘There are not really many decent men here. Most of them are married already. Those who are still single are mostly uneducated or alcoholics. I do believe in fate and luck but so far all I’ve met were spoilt, lazy and commanding.’
In the sketch there is a tall dark-haired athlete with a masculine face wearing suits. He has bit curly short hair and a neatly cut beard and a moustache. Also, he should under no circumstances be lop-eared and too hairy!
Elena Isakova, 43.
‘Most of single women are decent here, unlike men. I have ten girlfriends and just one of them is married. Besides, she’s unhappy in that marriage. Many of my friends want to get married to a foreigner. Thus, a friend of mine went to Japan to her Japanese boyfriend but they finally broke up and she came back.’
The ideal man for her is a lean man in a suit who smells good. He should be dark skinned and have curly hair. Height: 172 cm – 186 cm. And no double chin!
Irina Nikonova, 34.
‘A good man is an endangered species now. Most Russian men are spoiled and like getting everything for free. No matter what he is, he thinks himself to be a kind of a prince. They say that when God created the man, he realized that he’d made a mistake and created the woman. And I agree with that 100 percent.’
Her ideal man is dark-haired, short-haired, with a Spanish-like moustache and beard, 173-176 cm tall, neither skinny nor fat, with beautiful hands, who likes casual style.
Tatyana Pyankova, 34.
‘There is no fire in the eyes of men anymore. I used to go dating with foreigners which were held in the Intourist Hotel but it was hopeless because the number of women like me wanting to hook a man was much bigger than the number of foreigners coming.’
Her ideal man: someone like Sean Connery in James Bond. Short-haired, with beautiful eyes, a masculine chin and no beard and moustache.
Valentina Machikina, 21.
‘The choice of men is not really wide. I don’t want to take care of my husband, I want to be taken care of! Most men living in Novgorod are spoiled. In St. Petersburg, for example, they are different. Kind, attentive… real gentlemen.’
Her ideal man is tall and long-haired. However, she says that most of long-haired men she met here were dumb beer lovers who studied philosophy and liked heavy metal. She doesn’t want a man with a beer belly! She wants her husband to be an architect or something. By the way, she also doesn’t like men who work out too much because they usually look like a ‘sausage tied up with a thread’.
Tatyana Malkova, 38.
‘I work in five places but I want somebody to rely on. Every day I do autosuggestion training saying ‘Mood for love’ and I think it helps. Even my breasts seem to have got bigger. ‘
Her ideal man is funny, dark-skinned and dark-haired. He should like playing sports and be active. He should respect women and be hardworking. And finally, he should set goals in life and do everything to achieve them.
Janna Karlina, 20.
‘I don’t like uneducated guys with bad manners. I’m still single but I don’t give up. I keep working on myself and hope to meet a good guy one day.’
Her ideal man should be a 25-45 year-old athlete, 180 cm tall. Short-haired, with green or blue eyes. It would be great if he had his own business and wore suits. He should be smart, educated, strong and kind. He should be older and wise enough to teach her and support in everything.
Polina Zimina, 22.
‘It seems to me that women put too much pressure on their men, thus making them weak and irresponsible. As for me, my dream is to live in a really big city like… New York.’
Her ideal man has silver rings in his ears and a Jonny Depp chin. He’s tall and tatooed. He should like casual style and may smoke.
Vika Efimova, 32.
‘I have a child who makes it even more difficult for me to find the right man. But I don’t give up! I ride my bicycle and swim in the pool. I also go hunting from time to time which I am very proud of.’
Her ideal man is tall, strong and short-haired brunette. He should be clean-shaven too. He should have light eyes, plump lips and a masculine chin and wear casual jeans, a pullover and a cap.