In our map above, countries depicted in the darkest blues have far fewer men than women – and the former Soviet Union stands out from the rest of the world.
This region has been predominantly female since at least World War II, when many Soviet men died in battle or left the country to fight. In 1950, there were just 76.6 men per 100 women in the territory that is now Russia. That number rose steadily in subsequent decades, climbing to 88.4 by 1995 before declining again.
… The population in Russia and the former USSR as a whole is older than that of the world. Most of these nations, including the most populous, also have low fertility rates compared with the global average. This skews the population’s gender ratio because older people are more likely to be female, while more younger people are male.__
Russian women consider marriage and family before age 30 to be their foremost goal.
When asked what the most important things to do before turning 30 are, most Russians chose getting married, giving birth and receiving an education, … a poll released Wednesday by an independent Russian pollster Levada Center revealed.
Women are supposed to, first and foremost, get married (77 percent of responders said so), have a baby (75 percent) and get educated (according to 60 percent of respondents). The poll was conducted from Aug. 7-10, among 800-1,600 respondents in 46 Russian regions. The statistical error does not exceed 3.7-4.1 percent, according to the Levada Center.
Besides a gender imbalance, the plight of many Russian women is even worse, given the unsavoury nature of many Russian men — as well as the fact that young Russian men are once again dying in the thousands in war.
Shpakova has lost hope of finding a suitable mate among her fellow countrymen. (She has “not met a single gentleman among Russian men,” she says.) The litany of complaints that Russian ladies have against their male counterparts is long: They smoke too much and drink too much. They cheat shamelessly and curse freely. They expect their girlfriends and wives to clean for them, cook for them, and to look like models. More seriously, they are often violent and feel threatened by independent, high-earning women.
The dating prospects are so grim, in fact, that Shpakova and many other Russian women of her generation are consciously deciding to stay single. Moscow alone boasts more than 3 million single women between the ages of 25 and 50, out of a population of 11.1 million (that’s three times the number of single Muscovite men). In Russia as a whole, there are 11 million more women than men, due in part to a century of bloody revolutions, gulags, and wars that drained the country’s male population. Add to that the fact that male life expectancy is particularly grim in Russia…
Without good men to marry, many Russian women have turned to prostitution, been lured abroad by employment scams to work as strippers and/or prostitutes, or have consciously taken the step of emigrating to the west where more opportunities of all kinds exist.
Unfortunately, many Russian girls are trafficked or impressed into sexual slavery, before they are old enough to make plans for themselves.
“So many eighteen-year-old girls,” says Oliona, “breathing down my neck.” She’s only twenty-two, but that’s already near the end of a Moscow mistress’s career. “I know I’ll have to start lowering my standards soon,” she tells me, amused rather than appalled. Now that Oliona has taken me into her confidence, I find that she’s nothing like I thought she would be. Not hard, but soft-drink bubbly. Everything’s just play with her. This must be the secret to her success: the room feels fizzier when she’s there. “Of course I’m still hoping for a real Forbes,” she says, “but if the worst comes to the worst I’ll settle for some millionaire dunce who’s come up from the provinces, or one of those dull ex-pats. Or some vile old man.” But no one knows what a gold digger’s future really holds; this is the first generation to have treated this sort of life as a career. Oliona has a mafia mining town behind her and god-knows-what in front of her; she’s giggling and dancing over an abyss. __ http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/11/russia-s-gold-digger-academy.html
Young girls in Russia go to school to become mistresses of wealthy men. It is the fast lane to the high life — even though it rarely lasts.
In Russia, small-town girls go to the big city and get ruined, but that’s what they’re trying to do. Really trying. They go to school for it.
The students take notes in neat writing. They have paid a thousand dollars for each week of the course. There are dozens of such “academies” in Moscow and St. Petersburg, with names such as “Geisha School” or “How To Be a Real Woman.”
If a girl with potential studies hard, “she earns the basic Moscow mistress rate: the apartment, $4,000 a month, a car, and a weeklong holiday in Turkey or Egypt twice a year.”
In return, she’s available to her “sponsor,” as he’s called, any time, any day. __ http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/article/land-magical-thinking-inside-putin%E2%80%99s-russia
In small town Russia, these are seen as the “lucky girls,” at least for the few years they still hold an attraction for wealthy businessmen, crime chiefs, or corrupt government officials. The unlucky girls are forced to run away from home, and may work through their teen years and beyond as sex slaves, hopefully without acquiring HIV or other serious sexually transmitted diseases. Or they may sell their hair for food. But once a girl begins selling a part of herself to survive…
“There are 3 million of us [sex workers in Russia] — deprived of any rights, humiliated, outlawed by the state — and that’s where all the problems start,” Irina Maslova, leader of the Silver Rose association of sex workers, told Vesti.ru news website on Aug. 13, in reference to the initiative.
… Police officers exceed their authority not just by extorting money, stealing possessions and beating sex workers, but they sometimes bully the women — just for fun… police officers often resort to physical violence toward sex workers, and when this happens, other police officers refuse to intervene, said Vika Begalskaya, an artist from St. Petersburg and an activist who works with prostitutes on various art-projects.
… Bezymyannaya, 33, says she left the sex industry two years ago and claims that unavoidable confrontation with police is the least of a prostitute’s problems.
“It’s peanuts compared to what a client can do. People are different — some are normal, but some think that a woman who sells her body has hit rock bottom and deserves to be treated as such. Decriminalizing won’t help here. The mentality should be changed,” the former sex worker said. …
“Money does attract women to the sex industry, but it is not easy money. The job effects them psychologically a great deal…
… Moreover, many prostitutes suffer from drug or alcohol addiction, she pointed out, and their only goal is acquiring their next fix. This category of sex workers is the most vulnerable. “They don’t think about their own safety and the safety of the sex they’re having,” she said. ___ http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/amnesty-international-highlights-russias-prostitution-problem/528531.html
This is why Russia’s massive HIV epidemic continues to grow worse. Neither Russia’s prostitutes nor their clients (including police) seem overly concerned about the safety of the sex they’re having. Russia’s growing epidemic of IV drug abuse doesn’t help the HIV situation.
Russia’s health service is being starved of funds, and the number of doctors is being reduced. Sufferers of terminal illnesses and social diseases are neglected as “lost causes.”
Things will only get worse for Russian girls and women (and men) the longer Putin remains in power. The vultures are already circling around the Kremlin, and clearly time is not on Putin’s side. This is a dangerous time, when the trapped rat may flail out in desperation, leading to widespread fatal consequences.
For anyone who can get out, this might be a very good time to do so.