There are two big news stories currently consuming America, both involving Ukraine. The Barnetts were charged last month for allegedly leaving her to fend for herself in an Indiana apartment when they moved to Canada. A Daily Mail article about the case drew eerie comparisons to the horror movie Orphan , in which a year-old mentally ill woman pretends to be a 9-year-old who gets adopted by a couple, then proceeds to torment and manipulate the family until they collapse under the weight of her deceit. Both the Barnetts and the probable cause affidavit charging the couple agree that in , Kristine and her then-husband Michael adopted the girl after her previous adoptive parents gave her up, believing her to be a 6-year-old from Ukraine with a form of dwarfism called spondyloepiphyseal.
T hese are trying times for Odessa. After the annexation of Crimea, pro-Russian forces are stirring tension in this Black Sea port, and there are weekly standoffs between demonstrators who want to be part of Ukraine and those who want closer ties to Russia. But for all the political and economic chaos that has engulfed Ukraine in the past three months, one industry is still thriving: the internet romance trade. The economies of several Ukrainian cities are boosted by the surreal and disingenuous online bride business, and Odessa is the biggest hub. It does not take long for a visitor to the city to stumble upon an "international date" — there are legions of western men in town meeting with young women they have met online, usually with the conversation facilitated by a translator. At internet cafes and homes across the city, thousands of women spend hours each day chatting to prospective suitors online.
The men who go to Ukraine looking for a wife then fly home alone and broke
Women in Ukraine have equal constitutional rights as men in the economic , political , cultural and social fields, as well as in the family. Women receive lower salaries and have limited opportunity for career advancement. The history of Ukraine during the past two centuries is closely connected to that of the Russian Empire and later on the Soviet Union. One of the biggest feminist organization in Europe was founded during the s in modern western Ukraine or Galicia.