Russian Women Online: Meet Real-Life Russian Brides!!

Written by Elena Petrova

You certainly have heard about mail order brides and Russian women seeking foreign men for marriage, but most likely you have not met any real-life Russian brides.

Let me introduce you to a few of them – a tiny fraction of many thousands Russian women that found their love and marriage with western men.

But first, a reality check:

* What kind of Russian women are seeking partners abroad, do you think?

-- Some desperate, poor girls that try to better their lot in life by “selling themselves”?

** Who arerepparttar men that seek Russian brides, do you think?

-- Some old, unattractive losers, who cannot attract any woman at home?

Do those answers make sense to you? Then read on – you are up to a surprise!

Meet real-life Russian brides:

1) Marina Smiley, MD – married to an American she met online.

Medical Doctor by education, Marina used to have her own successful company back in Russia;repparttar 132438 author or popular eBooks “The shocking truth about Russian brides” ( and “Sex and love with Russian women” ( Marina hatesrepparttar 132439 hype of Russian marriage agencies and believes it is about time to set uprepparttar 132440 record straight in regard to Russian women seeking men for marriage.

2) Olga Sapp – M-degree in journalistic, married to an American man for more than 5 years.

Olga isrepparttar 132441 Editor ofrepparttar 132442 popular Russian Women Magazine - a magazine for Russian women living abroad and for interested men. She used to be a successful TV-journalist back in Russia, and knows media industry from A to Z.

3) Elena Hughes – M-degree, married to an American man she met online.

Elena used to have a successful travel agency back at her home country Belarus but decided that having her own family was more important. So she sold her travel agency and set herself to find a husband abroad – started to learn English and communicate with western men via Internet. Meet Elena and her husband Doug at

Of Drugs and Youth

Written by Billy I Ahmed

Today,repparttar problem of drug abuse amongrepparttar 132436 youth has assumed a greater significance and heightened concern in various socio-cultural and economic strata. Though no accurate figures are available to measurerepparttar 132437 actual extent ofrepparttar 132438 problem, drug addicts reporting to counseling inrepparttar 132439 country points out thatrepparttar 132440 problem has spread among various age groups, and much among youths aged 16 to 25 years.

The age group in which a youth is, signifiesrepparttar 132441 transformation of an adolescent to a young person, which usually is accompanied withrepparttar 132442 trials and tribulations of a 'child' in becoming a 'grown-up'. A bundle of exuberant but undirected energy, he derives pleasure in taking risks and experimenting with new things. He craves to tasterepparttar 132443 'forbidden fruits' in his quest for attaining recognition and status amongst his peers. Such a behaviour often brings him in open or concealed conflict with his parents and 'parent figures' which leads torepparttar 132444 much discussed 'conflict of generations' and 'generation gap'. The situation has been further complicated due torepparttar 132445 fast paced social transformation brought inrepparttar 132446 society by rapid industrialisation, urbanisation and rural-urban migration. It has erodedrepparttar 132447 traditional, informal, social control mechanisms and has even brought in changes inrepparttar 132448 structure ofrepparttar 132449 family, from joint to nuclear, or at best an extended family.

The 'media explosion' has shrunkenrepparttar 132450 world, especially forrepparttar 132451 youth, and they are now more aware of things around. This has also raised their level of aspiration and ambition. With materialism, consumerism and individualism gaining ascendancy, modern youth is drifting away from his traditional roots and finds it difficult to cope with ever increasing social pressures. Further,repparttar 132452 increasing economic pressures compel more and more parents to take full time employment leaving a child, more so a youth, alone inrepparttar 132453 house or inrepparttar 132454 company of friends. With no adequate programmes available to keep them busy, they become easy prey to anti-social activities including drug-abuse.

There may be various reasons for a youth to take to drug abuse, from just curiosity and a tendency to experiment with. It may be an expression of his revolt against established authority, a way of gaining recognition in his group or he may just not be able to say 'NO', when offered.

Therefore awareness creation or preventive education programme for youth is an imperative. In build up immunity amongst them, would promote self-respect and determination, provide experiences which encourage self-respect and sense of dignity, enhances personal and social skill which are necessary for functioning in a rapidly transforming society and provide for professional skills.

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