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Russian Brides Review November 2019

Whenever, for some reason, Russia comes up in the conversation, one of the most heavily associated topics with the country is its mail-order brides. This is simply because of the sheer number of women desiring to marry a foreign man, get a visa, leave the country, and live a more liberated lifestyle somewhere far away (not necessarily in that order). 

You see, the economic situation outside of the more progressive cities such as Moscow and St. Petersburg isn't really that great. It certainly did not help that the women population outnumber the men. There is also that cultural pressure that women are raised to marry at a young age, be domestic and cater to their husbands. While this does not generalise the entire Russian population, this appears to be the main expectation of women. Hence, these factors might be seen as the catalyst for the birth of mail-order brides.

In a country where the easiest way of getting out and living a better life is to marry a man from the Western first world countries, agencies were made to scout Russian brides wishing for a better, freer life. Soon, those agencies gave way to dating sites where the "mail-order" part comes in.

Theoretically, these online dating platforms work as a neutral ground where willing brides can meet foreign men who are also looking to marry. However, a lot of scam dating websites feature tons of fake profiles designed to charm the money out of men's pockets. This ultimately gives other dating sites that specialise in mail-order brides a bad name. 

However, all is not lost, for the site, Russian Brides, has ultimately addressed these issues and concerns. The site claims to have one of the strictest security policies when it comes to verifying the authenticity of their girls. Spending over a million dollars on security alone, the site aims to provide a trustworthy service in the hopes of raising the standards of the mail-order industry. 

In this in-depth review, we explored every nook and cranny of Russian Brides to see if this site is actually note-worthy or cringe-worthy. To see what we've found out about the world's leading Russian-American Introduction and Mail-Order Bride Agency, read on below!

Member Structure

Members
50,000 from Australia
Members activity
5,000 active weekly
Gender Proportion
30 %
70 %
  • You get a personal profile which you can fill out
  • Top visitors are from the United Kingdom, the United States, Algeria, Netherlands, and Australia
  • Has 12,250 unique daily visitors
  • Receives up to 367,500 unique monthly visitors
  • Men outnumber women
  • Over 25,000 Russian and Ukrainian women looking for foreign men to chat and mingle with

Russian Bride has an impressive number of not only registered users but active members as well. Its top visitors are from are from the United Kindom, the United States, Algeria, Netherlands, and Australia. 

Worldwide, the site receives 12,250 unique visitors daily and 367,500 monthly. While men outnumber women, there are still over 25,000 women of European descent that are on the site and looking to chat with foreign men. The age proportion of the members appear to be inversely proportioned. The number of younger women is inversely proportional to the number of older men. This is a reflection that older men are looking for younger wives while women are pressured into marrying at a young age. 

The relationships on this site are mostly long-term and straight-oriented. However, if you are just looking to chat and have a slow burn romance going on, you can still find some on this site. 

Females
Males

Age Distribution

  • 18-24
  • 25-34
  • 35-44
  • 45-54
  • 55+

Signing Up

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  • Register with one-click by linking your Google account
  • No Facebook sign up
  • Signing up takes a minute or two
  • No email verification needed
  • You can add photos and update your bio after signing up

Signing up is especially quicker on Russian Brides. No frills, no fuss. You can choose to register via email or sign up in one click using your Google account (if you have any). Of course, from a user's perspective, having an easy way of creating an account can be a positive thing. However, this can also be a double-edged sword since by having no email verification, no waiting for the application to be approved, no nothing, can mean that the members are unvetted and unchecked.

The site has other means of verifying their members, surely. But to have the registration process to be this easy can actually pose a problem. With no way of verifying your location, age, or even identity, this might create a blind spot where scammers with malicious intent can enter. Every profile information you deign to share is not mandatory and can be changed later on. 

Making Contact

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  • Buy credits to access some of the site's paid features
  • Availability of two-way Live Chat where you can also broadcast yourself
  • Purchase presents and give them to members
  • "Let's Mingle" can be used once every 24 hours for free
  • You can also send three emails per day for free
  • There is a chatroom

Russian Brides does not offer anything new or fresh to the table but that doesn't make its features any less delightful. While Russian Brides does not have a trick that hasn't been done before, its version of chat rooms and virtual presents are still charming rather than bland.

You can communicate with members via the Live Chat. In the Live Chat, you can chat with girls in real time. Note, however, that you must have enough credits on your account to continue reading their replies. That's why the site has an "auto-purchase" feature that automatically buys credits for you whenever you are running low to keep the conversation going. You can turn off this feature in your settings. 

If you are a bit shy and want to take things slow, you can send offline messages or emails to girls that you like. In fact, you can send three emails a day for free. To add some spice to your messages, you can include presents which you can buy using--yes, you guessed it--credits. 

The crème de la crème of the site is the "Let's Mingle" feature. This one allows members to send brief messages to a large number of other users that fit the description of what you are looking for. You are able to use this service for free once every 24 hours.

You can access this service by clicking the "Let’s Mingle" button. Then, you will need to click on the "Get Started" button after typing in the brief description of your preference and who you are looking for.

You proceed to select the members you are interested in and write a short but sweet message. You click on the "Send Message" button after, and the site will automatically send this message to a large number of members that correspond to the desired criteria.

Profile Quality

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  • Having a quality profile picture increases your chances of being noticed
  • Lots of professionally done, HD photographs of women
  • Add interests and description to liven up your profile
  • You can also add a cover photo similar to Facebook
  • Most of the members' profiles are detailed and fully fleshed out
  • The profiles are quite detailed
  • The profile information can be changed later
  • Profile pictures are visible to everyone for free

Most of the profile information is not mandatory on Russian Brides. You can edit the personal information you'd want to share later or leave the fields blank. Nevertheless, whether fully fleshed out or not, your profile will not be terminated.

Our account, regardless of how empty it was during the initial days of checking this site out, received so many direct messages. We went to the profiles of those who sent DMs. We were pleasantly surprised to find fully accomplished profiles greeting us. Now, we weren't fools to think that their messages were 100% genuine but perhaps, they aren't bots. We have come to the conclusion that they are perhaps either of the two: desperate to connect with single men or hired professionals. Nevertheless, you'd find the members to be responsive and have completely detailed out profiles. 

You can opt to complete your profile by uploading a primary and cover photo. You can also add details such as your interests, physical appearance, and a brief description of your ideal woman. It might not seem much but a little effort goes a long way. You just never know when love comes knocking right in. 

App

Mobile App
  • No mobile app available
  • There is an optimised mobile version you can access on your phone's browser
  • The mobile version has the same functionality as that of the desktop version
  • A convenient alternative for on-the-go users
  • The mobile version appears more compact and neater

Russian Brides, unfortunately, does not have a mobile app available in the market yet. However, if you are tired of being on the computer all day, lugging around your laptop, you can still access the site using your phone's browser. The dating site has an optimised desktop version that you can access for free. You can access the same features via the mobile version but in the comforts of your phone. 

The mobile and the desktop version technically has the same look but the mobile one looks denser and more compact. The buttons are arranged more neatly and cohesive. 

While nothing defeats having an actual mobile app, the Russian Brides still provides a convenient alternative for its on-the-go users under the guise of a mobile-optimised version. 

Real Life Review

"My first thought going in this site is, 'Man, I hate the user interface." Its homepage looked gaudy and tacky. But hey, I decided to give it a shot anyway. Since Russian Brides is one of the most reputable dating sites for meeting legit Russian women (and who knows, maybe even marrying them), I still gave it a go. To my surprise, upon creating my account, the inside of the website actually looked pretty sleek. The women were gorgeous, the features were interesting, and the site actually looked hella good. What put me off were the fake users or bots. I don't know if there are scammers that somehow gotten past Russian Brides tight security or if the dating site itself put them to make it appear populated. Whatever it may be, three seconds upon logging in, I've been receiving a lot of direct messages. The funny thing is, I haven't even updated my profile yet. So, I don't know how they'd find me "hot" or "interesting." Anyway, this site is just okay for me. While I did not find any romances, I surely still had fun checking this out." - Bob, 29

Design and Usability

Although when you first go to the website, it might not look that impressive or stylish, suffice to say, one should not judge the dating website by its cover. Once you create an account and see its user interface for yourself, it is quite a shock to find the overall layout to be sleek, organised, and a wonderful blend of good design and easy usability. It is very much easy to navigate around the website--but its simple navigation did not detract from the website's layout

The usage of warm, red tones has made the beautiful Russian women displayed all the more delectable. The classy look and elegant feel of the site are partly in thanks to its female members. Their photographs appear to be professionally done with good lighting.

All in all, Russian Brides is a delightful and tasteful surprise. 

Russian Brides Costs and Prices

Free Services
  • Registration
  • Use of Let's Mingle once every 24 hours
  • Sending 3 offline messages to 10 different users
  • 3-minute chats with 10 different users
  • Introductory Email for free
Fee based Services
  • Discount on all credit packages
  • 20 credits for 2.99 offer (first time only)
  • Unlimited usage of "Let's Mingle"
  • Unlimited video and text chat
  • Unlimited offline messages and emails to other members
Duration / Credits / CoinsCosts per monthTotal
Premium Membership
20 Credits0.15 AUD / Credit2.99 AUD
1 Month15.99 AUD / Month15.99 AUD

Is Russian Brides expensive or cheap?

In comparison to other providers Russian Brides is average.

Russian Brides Price
Payment Options
  • Credit Card
  • Via Mobile Phone

Your first month of membership is billed at 9.99. After the first month, your monthly membership will cost 15.99.

Note that if you are a new member you should be offered the membership with prices that may vary if you decide to have a recurring billing or not. By paying a small fee of 9.99 for the first month and getting the benefits the site offers, you also get a 50% discount on future packages. All these offers are, unfortunately, not clearly stated before you check out.

Special Features

Most of Russian Bride's features are nothing to write home about. These are neither new nor innovative. However, if you are interested in landing dates with hot European women, here are the site's functionalities that hopefully, might help you do just that: 

Presents

You can send and receive presents on Russian Brides. You can buy them using your credits. You can send these presents via live chat. 

Let's Mingle 

The Let’s Mingle feature enables members to send brief messages to a large number of other members that correspond to certain criteria. You are able to use this service for free once every 24 hours. You can access this service by clicking the "Let’s Mingle" button.

Then, you will need to click on the "Get Started" button after reading the brief description of the service.

You proceed to select the members you are interested in and write a brief message. You click on the" Send Message" button after, and the site will automatically send this message to a large number of members that correspond to the desired criteria.

Live Chat

There's a chat function where you can communicate via text or video. You can send presents here, too. However, to read replies, you must have enough credits on your account. 

Our rating

Signing Up: 3.0 / 5
Making Contact: 3.0 / 5
Profile Quality: 4.0 / 5
App: 2.0 / 5
Real Life Review: 3.0 / 5

Editors Conclusion

Datingscout.com.au Editor Chris Pleines
For a dating site that specialises in a very controversial niche, Russian Brides has ultimately done well for itself. It did not balk at the controversies thrown in its way. Rather, Russian Brides acknowledged each issue and tried to address each and every one of them. It did so not only to build a reputation for itself but also to raise the industry standards and practices. Starting with spending over a million dollars for its Anti-Scam department, it has ferreted out dishonest agencies and sub-agencies that provide fake women. Russian Brides' Anti-Scam department takes the time to contact every girl applicant to verify their identities. The site also launches an immediate investigation whenever customers have sent in complaints. In fact, if a female member receives multiple complaints of fraud, the site does not hesitate in deleting that member's account. All in all, Russian Brides' tight security and policies are what makes the site great. It offers features and functionalities that would help maximise your time on this site but they aren't innovative or new. The website, design-wise, surprisingly looks appealing (with huge thanks to the professionally done photographs of women on the site) and organised. With that in mind, you are sure to have a pleasant experience with Russian Brides and you have fewer worries about being scammed compared to other mail-order brides dating sites. If you are looking to meet and perhaps, marry a European woman, why not give this site a go? Signing up is completely free.

FAQ

Membership and Payments

I can't purchase credits on Russian Brides.

The most common reason for being unable to purchase credits is being blocked by a bank or credit card company. This block may appear due to your card not being approved for online or international transactions and other reasons. You may contact your bank for further clarification.

Another thing you can do is to double-check your credit card information.

  • Enter the credit card number slowly and double-check.
  • Verify the expiration date.
  • Introduce the correct CVV code of your card.
  • Introduce the cardholder name as in your card.

What do I get with a membership on RussianBrides?

  1. Discount on all credit packages.
  2. 20 credits for 2.99 offer (first time only).
  3. Free 3-minute chats with 10 different users
  4. Sending 3 free offline messages to 10 different users
  5. Sending 10 free letters to 10 different users
  6. Use of Let's Mingle once every 24 hours
  7. Introductory Email for free

What are the payment methods on RussianBrides?

  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Gift
  • Prepaid/Virtual Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, American Express, Discover, Diners)
  • Google Play.

You must ensure that your card may be used internationally and for online payments. You can check that information by calling the phone number on the back of your card.

The site does not accept bank transfer payments or any other forms of payment aside from those indicated above.

What is a credit?

A credit is the Russian Bride's internal currency. You may use the various paid features of the site by spending credits that you have purchased. 

Why was I charged? I don't remember buying anything recently.

  1. If you see a 15.99 charge, it's most likely the monthly membership renewal fee.
  2. Russian Brides also has a special auto-purchase feature that helps you have uninterrupted interaction with other members. You can go to the Settings section on your profile to deactivate this feature if you wish to do so. Otherwise, your account will be topped up automatically as soon as your credits end in order to help you continue communicating.

Usability

What is "Let's Mingle"?

The Let’s Mingle feature of Russian Brides enables the members to send brief messages to a large number of other members that correspond to certain criteria. You are able to use this service for free once every 24 hours. You can access this service by clicking the "Let’s Mingle" button.

Then you will need to click on the "Get Started" button after reading the brief description of the service.

You proceed to select the members you are interested in and write a brief message. You click on the "Send Message" button after, and the site will automatically send this message to a large number of members that correspond to the desired criteria.

My camera doesn't work on RussianBrides.

If your camera is not working in video chat, then you can do the following:

  1. Use the latest version of Google Chrome. 
  2. Make sure to close any additional programs (Skype, Viber, etc.). It is a common issue that may prevent you from using your webcam.
  3. Check that your webcam is properly set up. You can test your device from the settings menu in most webcams.
  4. Ensure that you allow the site to access your webcam: open your My Profile page, click the "Add Photos/Videos" and select "Take Via Webcam" from the list of options.
  5. Clear the cache and cookies in your browser before trying to start a video chat again.

How do I end a chat on RussianBrides?

You can end a chat with another member at any time by closing the chat window and not returning to the chat box for at least 5 minutes. You can do so by clicking the small grey cross in the top right-hand corner of the chat window. Alternatively, you can not respond to the other member in chat for 5 minutes. As a result, the chat will be automatically closed. 

How can I add other members to "My Contacts" on RussianBrides?

The My Contacts list saves you a lot of time from looking for members that you have already communicated with. You are able to add members that you find interesting to the My Contacts list from their profile pages. The option is available in the top right-hand corner of the profile page of a member.

Why can't I watch a video on RussianBrides?

You can do any of the following:

  1. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection on your computer. You can also turn your router or modem off, wait for 10 seconds, and turn it back on.
  2. Ensure that you have the latest version of your browser installed on your computer. 
  3. Clear the cache and cookies in your browser.
  4. Check that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  5. Confirm that Javascript is enabled in your Google Chrome browser.

General Information

Can I change my status and use the site with no fee?

To change your status, do the following steps:

  1. Click the “Qualify as ...” button in your profile. You must subscribe to activate this button. 
  2. Provide detailed information. All the information must be completed in order to proceed to the next step.
  3. Send your request and wait. The request is reviewed by the site's verification team. Application results will be sent to the e-mail you registered with within two weeks.

However, changing your status will not entitle you to free usage of Russian Brides' features since it is a paid dating site.

What is RussianBrides all about?

Russian Brides aims to provide an honest service in introducing hot Russian mail order brides and foreign men looking to marry. With a sophisticated anti-scam organization, it ensures that you get to enjoy all its features and mingle with gorgeous women without being bamboozled by fake accounts and scams.

Can I just chat with other members on RussianBrides without necessarily meeting them?

Yes, of course. The site has plenty to offer if you’re unable to travel or just simply prefer chatting and communicating virtually. It’s a great way to explore the world and meet lively people from all over.

How can I join RussianBrides?

There are two easy options you can follow:

  1. Register in 1-click using your Google member account.
  2. Fill out the registration form using your email. To do so, just choose the option "Sign in with Email" and hit the "Create your Account" button. 

How can I get more recognition on RussianBrides?

It all starts with your profile. Let the members know more about you: describe yourself, the kind of person you’re looking for, and select interests and hobbies that you enjoy!
 
When your profile is completed, use the “Search” button at the top of the page to find someone to communicate with. You can also check online members so that you can start chatting right away.

Where can I find my letters on RussianBrides?

You can find the letters that you exchanged with other members previously in your inbox. It is located at the top. 

You can also write a letter by going to "My Contacts." You select the person you want to get in touch with and click Email (instead of chat). Alternatively, you can click on Send Email on the member's profile page.

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