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Tolstykh, whose agency "Here I Am" helps Russian women establish relationships with European men, said most of her clients were "mature" women who had already gone through a divorce or had been disappointed by their relationships with their fellow countrymen.
"There's an idea that foreign men will be different [from Russian men]," she said.
And the number continued to drop to 6 percent among those aged 25 or younger.
As the economic motivation to search for a partner abroad has weakened, most of the reasons for looking beyond Russia's borders are cultural, says dating coach and English teacher Svetlana Tolstykh, 40.
The most popular source countries were Ukraine, Turkey, Moldova and CIS countries, followed by Germany, Afghanistan and Israel.
Britain and the United States also featured on the list.
During the speed dating session, most women told the Moscow Times reporter that dating a Russian man would be easier and cause less friction.
Type the Russian words for "get married" or "meet" and "foreigner" into Yandex — the Russian equivalent for Google — and a door opens.
This is a world of dating agencies, psychologists, therapists, etiquette training and self-help courses, all geared towards the question of where to meet and how to keep foreign lovers.
European men have a reputation for being more independent and better planners.
She said they are also more emancipated — willing to take on household chores and take up an active role in raising children — and that they were softer in their communication.