A dating site that connects Russian women with men from the West. Russian Cupid lets you communicate with other users directly, without inter-mediation through a translator. Joining is free but expect to pay if you want to connect with other non-pay members via email or chat.
This site offers a different format to most other foreign bride type websites in that members interact with each other through the site's messaging system rather than using a system of credits for each contact made.
There's an active dating pool of around 145,000 members, with an average of 2-3 thousand logged on at any given time. Profiles are generally of high quality, descriptive and contain decent photos. Language translation assistance is there to assist with communication. There's an option to upload a video introduction for those who choose.
On joining up, you'll be set to the site's standard (free) account plan, but this can be upgraded if you choose at a later point. Standard members are allowed to peruse the site, view and bookmark profiles, view and comment on photos, send electronic flirts, use the search forms and send email messages.
The catch however is that emails from other free members can't be opened. This requires either sender or receiver to upgrade to either Gold or Platinum.
Other features on the site, such as instant messaging, chat rooms and video profiling, also require upgrading. Gold and Platinum memberships can be obtained in 1, 3, 6 and 12 month increments. The site, which is run by Cupid Media, has a standard pricing across all sites.
Profile verification is an optional step for those who want to show others they are serious and are who they say they are. This involves sending an electronic copy of your photo ID which will be used to confirm your identity.
Safety tips and pointers are displayed on various pages on the website - just reminding you of basic rules such as never sending money. The “report abuse” button is there to inform the site's admin of suspicious behavior.
It is available in several different languages (language choice can be set by clicking the appropriate flag icon).
RussianCupid is a non-exclusive site open to individuals of all backgrounds and nationalities. Those who are interested in meeting and possibly marrying a person from Eastern Europe will likely find this site a better and more cost-effective choice than marriage agency services which charge contact fees.
By Tara Miller