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Canadian radio station to hold ‘Win a Wife’ contest

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Summary of story from The Huffington Post, September 8, 2011

Over the next month, a Canadian radio station will be holding a ‘Win A Wife’ competition in which contestants will compete to win a Russian bride.

Edmonton’s The Bear 100.3 has joined with Russian match-making site A Volga Girl to give one listener a round-trip flight to Russia, 13 nights of accommodation and $500 to spend to meet a ‘lucky lady’ provided by Volga.

A similar competition was held in New Zealand last Valentine’s Day, using the exact wording that The Bear used. That competition, from The Rock FM, sent its winner to Ukraine, rather than Russia.

The New Zealand contest created an uproar earlier this year.

The Ukrainian Association of New Zealand filed grievances with the New Zealand Broadcasting Authority and Mediaworks, which owns The Rock.

In March, the Ukraine feminist group Femen protested against the competition by marching naked through the streets.

In Canada, The Bear’s contest has elicited similar criticism.

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