It is well known, when we compare ourselves we feel better.
So the Russian or Ukrainian women want to leave their country, for Canada, the US or Europe to avoid the misery of their country. Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk (city where I went to university) are rapidly growing cities.
Of course you will say that the situation is not famous in small provincial towns and you are right, but in this case, why go abroad?
One area of the economy which is doing well is the marriage business.
Men are in such short supply that many girls, some as young as 18, signup to join one of the numerous marriage agencies.
Odessa, on the frontier of the ex Soviet Union, is the new tourist magnet for Americans. The pioneer spirit is strong with these Americans who are taking advantage of Odessa's reputation as home of the world's most beautiful women.
Economic prospects in Odessa are poor, alcoholism is widespread, and women outnumber men almost 5 to 4.