My name is Marina Fedorova and I am a director of the agency which I founded in January 2000. I was born in Ukraine, in Sevastopol (in Crimea, the south of Russia).
I married in 1999 to a French man and now I am living in Toulon (the south of France). The fact that struck me most of all when I had arrived in France, was the image of Ukrainian or Russian women that French people have: a little bit exacting, without ambitions, obedient (even imposed) in short cliches to antipodes of reality which make laugh. The girls met and got married to French men with the help of my agency.
The only fact, which did not make me laugh, is how the French imagine Russian women whom they meet in dating/marriage agencies/bureaux: they usually have an impression, that they are vulgar objects bought by from a catalogue.
I decided to fight with labels and cliches pinned on women, having the purpose to return all good characteristics to Slavic women who made rather the difficult choice to get married to a foreigner and to leave their country.
To achieve this goal, I will try to answer some questions that I am frequently asked by my clients:
No, I did not leave my country to escape poverty and alcoholic Russian men: I was lucky to be born in a prosperous Russian family (my father was a building contractor in Crimea) and my standard of living in Sevastopol was the same standard of living comparable to a French middle class family. I adore Sevastopol, which is a magnificent resort (with a climate of the Mediterranean type) where I go every summer. Most of my former boy-friends did not drink a drop of alcohol and they were very nice to my lady's taste but so called night-birds. I got married to a French man as I found him open-hearted, fascinating and gentle. I decided to get married to a foreigner to find out new horizons, so too as my husband wished to leave France to get married to an American woman, but the destiny solved it differently: he was been tempted by remarkable Slavic appeal!!
Yes, I intend to return a good image to marriage agencies offering these innovative services: the video-conference, Internet, etc. by means of which a French man, and an honest woman, who correspond together, slowly get used to each other.
Choosing to flirt with a Russian or Ukrainian woman is not easy: a way, which conducts to success of such union is long and thorny.
I offer you the services of my agency to avoid risks and disappointments. If you decided to try, we can come to a final decision together. I shall offer you a specified manual which it is necessary to stick to, and I shall also try to formulate the necessary actions to make your future family successful.
I try to acknowledge here all those persons who have provided invaluable help and support with their insights to the Inter-Marriage Agency.
Marina Fedorova, Director
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