In fact, there's really no such thing as a "Russian mail order bride" anymore than there is a Santa Claus.You cannot just go online and "order" a wife or bride.America is a strong capitalistic country with values that encourage individualism and selfishness. It is rare to find one who has a sole purpose of moving abroad. LOL I hope that you realize how silly this myth that you harbor is now!Therefore, countries which have a different social/economic system and values, are obviously going to cultivate different kinds of people. In fact, the percentage of the female population in Russia who belong to marriage agencies is far less than one percent of the population.Hence there are very few Russian/European immigrants to America compared to Asian and Hispanic immigrants.However, Russian culture is compatible and complementary to most European cultures, and that is why the transition between them is smooth and pleasant, which I know from experience, whereas the transition from Russian culture to American is very psychologically painful, disruptive and disturbing in many ways.) This myth began as a rant started by feminists to defend their pride against the tide of Western men who are looking for women abroad, painting the men as desperate losers and the foreign women as conniving users who want a green card.It is extremely rare to find a person in Russia who is desperate to leave their country, but as always, those who are are, are the ones who make the news, hence getting attention which contributes to this myth.
Many ignorant Westerners (who have never been to Russia obviously) believe that most women in Russia are desperate to leave their country and get a green card to America, or they pose that as the explanation for why Russian women treat us men so much better and are more open and friendly than their Western counterparts.
The media further perpetuated it to appease these feminists, whom are the main audience for their advertisers.
Besides this, our media's other purpose is to motivate you to get up and go to work or school everyday to keep our economy/society productive.
And among the sincere women in marriage agencies, they are usually just considering it as an option, not basing all their hopes on it.
Their view is that they would consider moving abroad for the right man that they fall in love with, but relocating is not their primary objective.