Russia has an immediate problem: its rapidly chilling relationship with the United States. Long term, though, Russia has a corrosive problem: too many women and too few men. There are only 85 males for every 100 females, according to demographic reports; men live to be 64 on average, while women make it to almost 76 — a huge age gap, by world standards.
Several factors contribute to this problem: the millions of men killed in battle in the early part of the 20th Century, the thousands killed later in Afghanistan, and the rampant drug and alcohol abuse, along with excessive smoking, of today’s male society.
Last year, the Daily Beast quoted a beautiful Russian woman complaining of the men in her country: “They smoke too much and drink too much. They cheat shamelessly…they are often violent and feel threatened by independent, high-earning women.” In Moscow alone, there are three times as many single women between 25 and 50 as there are single men.
“Russian women simply have no interest in marrying Russian men,” Irina Zhuravleva, head of Russia’s census department, told the Daily Beast.
As a result, marriage agencies are proliferating throughout Russia and the countries that make up the former Soviet Union. Kievconnections.com says, “Literally, every marriage agency out there and almost every lady is a scam.”
A website named russianwomentruth.com notes, “There are a number of truly unethical marriage agencies which systematically scam both American men and Russian women.… At the root of all scams is some type of bait and switch operation.”
Russianwomentruth.com, from which I could not get a comment, celebrates Russian women, interviewing them and featuring them on its website. One interview is with Geniya Derzhavina, who left Siberia to go to San Diego. She is known by different first names: Evgeniya, Evegeniya, and Jenya. But records — including photographs of her — reveal she is the same woman.
Russianwomentruth.com was so impressed with her relocation to San Diego that it featured photos of her wearing Siberian garb in the Mediterranean climate, titled “Jenya’s Journey — from Siberia to San Diego.”
As revealed in the Reader August 6, she and Papa Doug Manchester — multimillionaire, hotelier, real estate developer, and owner of U-T San Diego — plan to be married. Manchester and his first wife have a divorce case on file, but local websites such as SanDiegoSocialDiary.com and the U-T have not held back in publishing photos of the new duo.
I was able to get Derzhavina’s telephone number from the bankruptcy file of her onetime husband, Brantley Vigil. She confirmed that she and Manchester “are planning to get married,” but once I asked her about the russianwomentruth.com interview and her former husband, she began making legal threats and then quickly ended the conversation by saying, “I am not talking to you anymore.”
The divorce records in North County Superior Court show that she filed as a self-represented litigant on August 13, 2009. At that time, she was living in Escondido and he in Vista. He agreed to pay her $3000 per month until January 1, 2012. They had been married four years and four months and separated on June 1, 2009. She was awarded a 2009 Honda Civic valued at $25,397, and he agreed to pay debts of $499,000, holding her harmless on these obligations.
On May 14 of 2010, Vigil, a longtime salesman, filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy with $38,859.61 of assets and $787,000.53 of liabilities. He had earlier surrendered a Porsche worth almost $25,000 to a lender and had a $30,000 student-loan obligation. (He has a son in his 20s.)
Vigil filed for divorce from another woman in 2003. Derzhavina’s name was on the deed of the Vista house they shared until they separated.
He listed his employer on the bankruptcy filing as Anaheim’s Progressive Integrated Solutions. He is no longer there and apparently did not leave under any cloud, according to sources within the company. Vigil’s bankruptcy attorney, Joseph Marcarelli II, would not give me Vigil’s whereabouts and refused to contact him to ask if he would call me. I tried locations in San Diego, Orange County, and Arizona and couldn’t locate him.
In her second interview with russianwomentruth.com, in which she went by the first name Jenya, she said that she prefers more mature men — those 5 years to a maximum of 20 years older than she is. Manchester, who has passed his 70th birthday, does not fit within that range. According to a social site she signed up for, she was born on August 24, 1975. Thus, Manchester is more than 30 years her senior. Actually, she really prefers a man 10 years older, she said in that interview, but that took place before she met Papa Doug — reportedly at the Del Mar races last year. (Her upper limit of a man 20 years older, and preference for one 10 years older, may be one reason why, when I mentioned that interview, she began to bristle, later getting more indignant when I brought up her divorce.)
Mature men “know how to treat women,” she said in the russianwomentruth interview. Older men have the ability to make decisions — must not be indecisive to suit her, she said. Older men know how to appreciate women, she averred.
In the 2005–2006 period, she signed up for a Russian social site named “My World” (Moi Mir). There, she used the name Jenya Vigil. She was photographed wearing sunglasses. The section, “What’s New with our member Jenya Vigil” was last updated two years ago. The person who translated the site from Russian says it “is well below Facebook standards.” Names are garbled, for example. Of course, a social site from seven years ago is not likely to be up to current standards.
Of the three individuals shown on that site as Derzhavina’s friends, one is a cat. One of the photos on that site appears to have been taken in Washington, D.C., says my translator. It looks like that to me, too.
The marriage of Geniya Derzhavina and Papa Doug Manchester is probably a long way off, and complications may crop up, such as in a possible prenuptial agreement. Even if the marriage does not occur, Derzhavina has indeed come a long way from Siberia.