As such, many young women in Russia have radically sworn off men and the entire idea of love.During a photo shoot with a particularly handsome photographer named Alex, I overheard Claire whisper to my 25-year-old Russian-born translator, Nina, "he's cute."Nina made a disapproving face.About my age, and beautiful, with dark hair and a petite frame, she quickly changed the subject to something she seemed much more interested in: training for the Moscow Marathon in the fall.We chatted about how she runs on snowy streets in 10-degree weather." I asked Claire, remembering one of my friends in Seattle, a Siberian-born Russian with extremely high expectations for the men in her life and a strict no-bullsh*t rule when it comes to dating.
"Men are already too cocky."Later, I asked Nina what it's like to date in her country.But perhaps most shocking of all, even in the year 2015, there is no law against domestic violence in Russia.And while the previous generation might have married out of necessity, Russian women today have an independence and strength that their mothers and grandmothers did not.Between book signings, I indulged my curiosity by interviewing Russian women and reading everything I could find online written about the plight of women in this beautiful and complex country.According to recent statistics, there are 11 million more women than men in Russia.