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Has New Zealand contest winner found a Ukrainian girlfriend?

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May 26, 2011, 10:48 p.m. | About Kyiv — by Nataliya Horban

A kiwi winemaker poses with a Ukrainian woman.
© www.therock.net.nz

“Win a Wife,” a controversial radio contest held in New Zealand in February, made winner Greg Morgan a happy man and once again nourished a stereotype of Ukraine as the world’s bride basket. Winemaker Morgan won round-trip tickets to Ukraine and 12 nights in Zaporizhzhya to meet a woman of his dreams, but after bad publicity surrounding the sexist competition, he reportedly refused to make the trip.

The New Zealand Labour Party was outraged: “It is a reminder that there is still an attitude towards women in New Zealand that is deeply troubling – that they are commodities to buy and to own,” Carol Beaumont wrote in her blog in February.

But just when Ukrainian feminists and New Zealand politicians sighed with relief, photos of Morgan with a playful blonde posing in front of yellow curtains in a radio station’s t-shirt popped up online.

“Greg has met Irina and she plans on coming down to New Zealand when she finishes university, haha, go Greg,” reads the message on the Rock FM’s Facebook page.


Is Greg Morgan seeing a college student named Irina? (www.therock.net.nz)

It looks like Morgan rescheduled the trip to get his prize and tricked Femen, a popular women’s movement who protested topless against Morgan’s visit on March 1.

Young women promised to disrupt the kiwi’s visit to Ukraine by appearing in Donetsk airport on the day of his scheduled arrival.

“We will do everything possible to make sure he takes his suitcase and flies back,” said Anna Hutsol, Femen’s leader.

But Morgan apparently sneaked past the naked customs patrol and met with a student called Irina.

Bypassing vigilant Femen, Morgan proved a persistent fellow.

This wasn’t his first attempt to find a Ukrainian bride. In his radio profile online, he mentioned that he had already tried to meet a woman from Ukraine but two days before his departure she allegedly ditched him.

Kyiv Post staff writer Nataliya Horban can be reached at horban@kyivpost.com
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Anonymous May 29, 2011, 7:39 a.m.    

It really does not matter if he sneaks past Femen or not. The only person who will be tricked is him. The agency he is dealing with in Zaporozhye, "Ideal Love" agency owned by Alyona Korenev is a proven scamming agency that pays their women to pretend to like foreign men. I have dealt with this woman personally and know of all her scams, writting letters to men on the women's behalf, trying to introduce 18 year old girls to 60 year old men and so many more. Many of the ladies on her site are already married, pregnant or have boyfriends in the Ukraine. This agency needs to be investigated by the police and closed.

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Anonymous June 2, 2011, 5:38 p.m.    

The sad thing is that such scam agencies are a really common thing in Ukraine. But even more sad is that these agencies pay their bills to the local policemen and feel free to operate as they wish allover the country.

Once I had an intention to do some translating for an agency that allegedly helped its clients who don't have a command of English to communicate with English speaking boyfriends. The first surprise to me was to see in a so-called office, which actually was a small apartment, some fifteen hired young ladies under 20 years old desperatly typing flirt messages in front of monitors and web-cameras. But I was even more surprised when I was given a test, which was to compose (NOT to translate!) a reply to a man who sought for a serious relationship, so that this man &quot;got intrested&quot; in his pen-pal.

Of course I refused immediately, but I was very sorry for all those men abroad who were easily decieved and sent their money to their supposed girlfriends for flowers, birthday presents and even airplane tickets.

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Anonymous June 2, 2011, 7:30 p.m.    

The girl is really ugly! We have better looking women! He could have done better :)

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