The dissolution of the Soviet Union made new forms of encounters possible between East and West. One of them was transnational marriages between Russian women and Western men. The main goal of this book is to understand the context surrounding these marriages. We intend to avoid making the immigrants the single object of study by also rendering the majority population and society visible and problematic. The main question addressed in the book is: How are borders, rights, relations and positions gendered in Russian-Norwegian encounters? To address this complex question we explore several different dimensions by use of various methods and analytical approaches. We address the civic or citizenship rights of the Russian women and their opportunities for participation in the Norwegian society. We ask how Russian and Norwegian femininities and masculinities are spoken into existence and made relevant in negotiating gendered and national positions. What is considered legitimate marriages/relationships? How do Russian-Norwegian marriages challenge what is considered acceptable?