Nonetheless people on both sides of the equation are queuing up to take part in this heaving foreign exchange programme. Well, for the (predominantly American) men involved, the benefits are pretty obvious.The land of the free and home of the brave may be famous for its beauty queens and silicone-busted blondes, but it is also the country with the highest rate of obesity in the world and - if our friends across the pond will forgive me for saying so - it is also the land that fashion forgot.
Single women can’t even sign up for the site; they’ve got to go through a completely different application process to confirm they do live in Russia, and also have their profiles and emails monitored to make sure the ladies aren’t trying to circumvent the system or scam the paying male members.
I’ll start by saying that it is a verifiable, secure online dating site, with thousands of women in Russia or the Ukraine, mostly looking to marry a man elsewhere in the world.
Not only that but the trend is still on the rise - it is estimated that the number of agencies is doubling every year!
For those of us who imagine that our partners will be sourced from more traditional groups - a childhood sweetheart, a colleague from work, or at least some girl we picked up at a bar - the notion of marrying someone on the back of a few letters and one Aeroflot flight seems a little crazy, if not downright dangerous.
You will be able to look through all of our Russian brides to find the one with the perfect looks and the perfect personality.
Russia is located in Northern Asia and Eastern Europe.
The gents I spoke were mostly well-educated and financially stable guys in their late 20s and up.
Signing up is quick and easy, taking only a few seconds to plug in your name, email address and password, or through Facebook.
You’re immediately welcomed with an Inbox message, along with a bevy of lovely ladies’ profiles.