Women dating more than one man
Back in the suburban kitchen with her mother, Katia Lazareva, a professional ballerina, spoke of her “major wounds” in a much quieter and less confident voice than Yelena.
Her first employer, an art director at Moscow’s Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre invited her, then an 18-year-old novice dancer, to his house “for champagne with sturgeon”.
The most familiar cliche of family life in Russia is still a drunk father yelling at a mother with almost daily husband and wife rows.
So it was for them.“If we had given each other oxygen, maybe we would have stayed together,” Lazareva admits.
They routinely dress as if for an opera or a fashion show.
Long, fanned hair streams down their slim figures, legs sharpened by high heels. A parliament member responsible for information, Vadim Dengin, talks about the “popular fashion” for young, good-looking women to “hunt” for men, “keeping in mind a man’s finances as a priority criteria”.
Now, 20 years later, she is still looking for a man, but with some clearly-defined features. Recently, the country’s State Statistic Committee published another sad report: there are 10.5 million more women living in Russia today than men.
Fewer than a half of them survive until 65, the pension age, so millions of babushkas live alone for the rest of their life,” Moskalkova continues.
Many female Muscovites would argue with deputy Dengin on the money part. A new night club, Marusia, in central Moscow, has fast become a fashionable spot for women with money to search for good looking young men who can show them some tender care.
Women pay between 0 to ,000 and more to spend time with fit and handsome men to show them attention and, perhaps, love.
“Russia’s problem is that men here have no idea how to treat women.
I sometimes think they prefer each other’s company, and a bottle, to these beauties,” he says, pointing to some of his customers.
One regular at Marusia is Yulia Kharlampovich, a glamorous 29-year-old make-up artist.