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"There's an idea that foreign men will be different [from Russian men]," she said.European men have a reputation for being more independent and better planners.

Even though only two expats are in attendance, organizers clearly think the "foreign" tag is a crowd puller.

"Who the most desirable foreigners are, depends on fashion. Following an economic boom during Putin's first term, living standards have improved and many of the perks of living in the West are now on offer in Moscow too.

In a poll conducted in 2009 by Superjob.ru, one in four women aged 55 or older said she wanted a foreign husband.

That reputation persists today, and it is not wholly without cause.

Most male expats say that their nationality can still have a positive impact on girls.

Moscow today, with its hip cafes, shiny business centers and fashionable retail stores, is no longer the Moscow of the '90s, when girls fantasized about being whisked away by a foreign prince in Levi's.

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