Initially, women were hoping to find a partner from the United States, then Britain.
"Who wants to go to Europe anyway, with all the chaos that's going on there? A floundering ruble is not likely to be enough to change that trend, suggested dating coach Ponomaryova.
Indeed, in her view, the economic crisis has made Moscow women want to stick with the familiar.
Her self-help book promises to hand women the key to "joint travel, candlelight dinners, a home in Europe" and a "comfortable life" in 90 days.
Ponomaryova says that the industry has gone through trends.
In many cases, the linguistic efforts are rewarded.
Forums are full of the accounts of Russian women thanking their coaches for a "happy end" — engagement or marriage to a foreigner.
"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.
During the speed dating session, most women told the Moscow Times reporter that dating a Russian man would be easier and cause less friction.
Tolstykh said that more travel experience meant the younger generation of Russian women no longer viewed foreigners through "rose-colored glasses." Terror stories about women who have moved abroad have helped to paint a less rosy picture of mixed marriages.
She said they are also more emancipated — willing to take on household chores and take up an active role in raising children — and that they were softer in their communication.