Bulgarian “seagull” Ivan, 58, used to chase wealthy foreign ladies at Sunny Beach resort. He has seen Soviets coming and leaving, Westerners flooding in. Now, with his EU-passport, the hunter has become the bait.

In the 1970s, Bulgarian men wanted to marry East German and Soviet ladies in order to get away. Now Russians and Ukrainians come to Sunny Beach to find Bulgarian men in order to get married and stay in the EU.

Ivan was considering marrying a Ukrainian lady, Elena, 60, and settling down, when Ivan’s old friend from Russia, Olga, 57, contacts him. She asks Ivan to send her an invitation in order to get a short-term tourist visa. For many Russians, Bulgaria is a door to the European Union – and Ivan’s friendship is now more valuable than ever.