RussianCupid was originally created as an alternative to Russian style marriage agencies. These agencies, many of whom are unregulated, charge men a hefty fee to correspond with women or to buy their contact details. RussianCupid is more like a regular dating site where once you join you can contact anyone you choose and continue chatting to them for as long as you like.
You may find a date closer to home than you think as many of the Russian women have already relocated to other countries.
What I found was that most of the women are from the ex-soviet countries, though not all are still living there. I did see some who were living in Germany, Mediterranean countries as well as the U.S.A. You may find a date closer to home than you think. Here’s what I found from my own small survey:
- Living in Russia (or nearby) – 52%
- Already relocated to USA – 21%
- Relocated to Europe or elsewhere – 14%
- Others/wouldn’t say – 13%
The translate tool will quickly translate messages into your preferred language. Though, this is far from ideal. It can be a recipe for misunderstanding and causing offense if not used carefully. The other choice is to put on your profile that you only want to meet a girl who speaks English. This will cut your choices down quite a bit, but it will make the initial flirting and romantic experience much smoother and less like you’re talking to a machine.
The way the site’s translate tool works mean you have to be careful to avoid embarrassing misunderstandings.
Though RussianCupid is a DIY marriage site, you still have to watch out for scammers. There are plenty about as you will soon discover. The U.S Embassy has some useful advice about avoiding them. Be especially wary of anyone asking for money transfers, gift cards and credits and so on. Also beware of anyone who is keen to get off the official site and onto a private message board – where such activity is much harder to trace. In short, just use some common sense. If someone seems too good to be true, they probably are.