You can ask any Russian woman or read Russian women profiles, this theme comes up all the time.
Russians have mobile phones, international fast food chains and Mc Donald's, Internet, IPAD's and latest cars (Moscow has the highest number of Mercedes and BMW's of all world's cities, including Germany - and Moscow has more dollar billionaires than New York! Yes, Russians live mostly in small apartments as compared to most western countries where people live in small houses in suburbia, but look at Manhattan in NY, this is very similar. So, living conditions whilst yes, there is some difference, it's not like Uganda or Vietnam vs. I can tell you living conditions and better life were NOT the reasons why I started to look for a husband abroad.
I didn't want to "leave Russia"; this wasn't the goal.
Whilst Russia is advanced in education, culture, science, industry and many other "work" fields (Russians sent the first man into space and the first space ship, this stands for something) and could for a long time play parity with the west, Russian social structures are totally outdated and hardly changing.
In family relationships, Russia is behind women's liberation by probably 60-70 years and right now relationships are like they were in America in mid-1950th.
Russian brides get married to have a happy family for themselves, because this is their highest value: a Russian woman needs her own family, a husband and a child/children, to feel happy.
Cultural values are deeply ingrained in any person; most of us have no idea of those values or never spelled them out.My feeling, this is the reason why most Asian brides get married, to provide for their families.This is totally different with Russian women: they get married for themselves, for their own happiness and future for their kids.This was in 1997 and having placed my profile on several websites of Russian dating agencies introducing Russian women to foreign men, I quickly found a man I totally fell in love with and got married in 1998 (I could not get married in Russia for 8 years although it was my dream to get married and have kids since I was a little girl - this is the dream of most Russian women and girls, to get married and have a happy family - NOT to be rich and have a great career, this is very seldom what Russian women dream about.)Now, I left Russia in 1998 and I thought things could have changed there a lot since that time.I know people in Russia have a very different lifestyle now than 12 years ago, just like lots of things changed here too! A.; the difference will be comparable to the difference between countryside and city life in your country.I hear this question all the time, from men and media, "Why Russian women want to leave Russia?