And lots of Russian men, including those who fought in the war, did NOT because they were sent to Stalin's Gulag camps afterward.
If the Russians build the memorial, it also means they are finally acknowledging in a small way the enormous amount of aid the US gave to Russia during the war — thousands of planes, tanks, etc; hundreds of yards of cloth, boots, cans of food.
I could look on that as a plus.
And they're still fighting that demographic hit.
For decades after the war, Russian men were expected to cheat on their wives and girlfriends and it's tolerated even today.
It's one of the big differences those mail order brides talk about that in America a cheating husband is actually frowned upon.