Keep in mind that Russian and EE women can be pretty traditional and want to be wooed. They may want you to travel to their home country to show your sincerity. However, if you insist on her coming to your country, you can always buy the ticket yourself (buy a refundable one) and not send her the money to do so herself. And if some so called visa emergency comes up, that's a giant red flag.
Rick,,, I was THERE when the hotel was taken over,,, I guess I slept through the shooting. lol Could happen. Several guys with blue jackets and the Ukrainian patch on the shoulder,,,, and one guy in a green jacket. Two groups of young guys in generic black uniforms,,, one group by the elevators and another by the front doors. I ignored all of them.
The girls at the front desk didn't know what was going on,,,,, and just said; This is all very strange for hotel. The computers were turned off,,, and they couldn't give me a receipt,,, but I didn't care and stayed another day. The next day as I was coming down the steps,,,, the girl said,,,,, You must go!! They moved me into the Rus for the same price,, but the room was smaller.