Mail Order Brides
When it comes to Russian brides expectations, there is a world of difference between the image and the truth: "It's no longer the case," she said, "that the man must earn money in order to be called a real man, it is no longer necessary to be the best, strong, to cope with all difficulties - things that Russian brides used to lay on men's shoulders." Now, she said, if a woman earns money, then inwardly, that woman is not terribly worried if her man is not the "locomotive of the family."
Russian brides do not reveal their intimate thoughts on first meeting
Outwardly, though, it's a different story. Russian brides are not yet risking to express these thoughts out loud: "Nominally, the image remains the same, Russian brides still support the outward feeling that such a man is important to them, while inside, in essence, they have long been at peace with an equal situation - I earn money, my husband earns money, maybe I earn more than he does."
According to Yulia Menshova, popular TV talk show hostess, she thinks of her father, Vladimir Menshov - director of the 1981 Oscar winner Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, as embodying many of the traits of a "real Russian man." "He is very active, inventive, he takes the initiative, makes decisions ... With him, it is fun and interesting ... In this, his character coincides with the ideal of a man. The dream of Russian brides, then and now, is Gosha in Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Papa shares many of Gosha's characteristics." In the film, Gosha is a jack-of-all-trades, by turns a gallant cavalier, an accomplished cook and the right guy to have around in a fight. In his own way, he is both macho and caring.