Today, when people think of mail order brides, they usually think of Russian mail order brides. 

That’s not surprising, because the current mail order bride phenomena really started with the fall of the Soviet Union on December 22, 1991. 


Before then the mail order bride movement was almost dead. Yes, there were one or two “picture bride companies” – most notably Cherry Blossoms – that focused on connecting American men to Asian women, but those companies reached a tiny audience. 

After the Soviet Union collapsed and the country fell into a state of anarchy, poverty, and alcoholism.  The economy absolutely collapsed:

“In Russia, output fell by 45% during 1989-1998, as death rates increased from 1% in the 1980s to over 1.5% in 1994, equivalent to over 700,000 additional deaths annually.


In some former Soviet states embroiled in military conflicts, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Tajikistan, GDP in 2000 was 30-50% of pre-transition levels. Even without military conflict, Ukraine’s GDP fell by nearly two thirds.”

There was a general atmosphere of hopelessness.  Everyone wanted to get out. 

For most people it was impossible, but some women began signing up for those international marriage agencies that existed. 

In 1992 and 1993 a few women managed to meet foreign men from those companies.  Many more met foreign businessmen and tourists, but in 1994 the internet came online for the first time and suddenly the Russian mail order bride businesses exploded.

The term ‘mail order bride’ is really an anachronistic term that goes back to the 19th century American West. 

In those days men did order a wife from a newspaper advertisement, often without so much as a photo, but today the companies are very similar to or other mainstream dating sites.  

The only difference is they are focused on foreign women who want to date and eventually marry Western men, usually from the United States, Canada, Australia, or Europe.  

The sites are often very helpful overcoming the language barrier and the best sites also help with the logistics of traveling halfway around the world and negotiating a foreign country.  


Russian mail order bride companies can be very helpful on both fronts.

The Putin regime has made travel to Russia much more difficult in recent years.  There are a variety of strict visa requirements, but for many men, Russia women are just too hot to resist. 

And once you get there the Russian people are much more polite and outgoing than the popular stereotype. 

This might be because the Russian tourism industry is virtually dead these days, because of concerns about the government.  That is too bad because it is a gorgeous country with an incredible amount of history and culture – and dear Lord thousands and thousands of incredibly hot women!

Expectations When Seeking a Russian Mail Order Bride

The unreal expectation of many men is that they believe that when they sign with one of these marriage agencies or Russian mail order bride services, that a beautiful Russian woman would be ready, eager, and able to walk down the aisle and eventually be their life time partner and the mother of their children.

The term mail order bride certainly is not popular with women who have signed up with these agencies. They find it to be somewhat demeaning and derogatory and most dating sites and services steer well clear of the term.

The fact is that Russian brides are in high demand in this day and age, and one of the reasons is that they are generally not considered to be deceitful.

While there are undoubtedly plenty of scams online with regards to dating services, these are in a minority and make up a very minute percentage of the bad press that international marriage agencies seem to receive.

Some important traits about Russian girls makes them a very desirable life partner for Western men who may be tired of the local dating scene and who are looking for something or someone a little different.

Russian girls place a lot of importance on their families, they genuinely enjoy being in a relationship, they are known to have great culinary skills and that means you can be guaranteed a well cooked, tasty meal when you get home from work.

Why Russian Women Want to Marry Foreign Men

Russian women do not hesitate about marrying a man who is much older than them. One of the problems in Russia, if you can call it a problem, is that the women outnumber men by a significant amount.

There simply is not enough men to go around. The Russian man is not renowned for remaining faithful to his partner and would rather spend time with his mates getting drunk.

Russian women know enough about the Western world to realize that the two sexes are on a much more even playing field in countries like the USA. There is much more respect for women in Western countries.


From the man’s point of view when he is clicking through literally thousands of women on a dating site, he can imagine himself with this woman on his arm.

The typically beautiful Russian woman is a major source of attraction for Western men. While not every Russian woman has long legs, blonde hair, and blue or green eyes, guys like to think that they possess all these qualities.

When people are describing a girl from Russia, words like smart and elegant are freely used. Many Russian women are both intelligent and beautiful. The way they talk, the way they dress, the way they walk and their posture gives them that air of confidence.

They love to wear fashionable clothes which shows a good mixture of culture and current trends. They are able to talk easily on a number of different topics with a certain amount of ease and confidence.

A Russian companion will not let you down and her presence will always give you a sense of pride when you are amongst your colleagues, friends, and relatives.

All these positive characteristics make a great combination and means that a Russian woman is great marriage material. Western men find Russian women to marry them because they know how to take care of their husbands and children, should they have any kids.

In the eyes of Russian females, they find that Western men make better life partners than Russian men because they believe that foreigners are more caring and family-oriented husbands who are able to make better decisions in their life.

These and whatever other reasons are enough to motivate many young Russian ladies to register and apply for membership to these dating sites as a way of finding their perfect man as their life partner.

Communicating With Your Russian Love

Communication plays an important part in any relationship and if there is one disadvantage in finding an international wife from Russia it’s the language barrier.

Most of them do not have good English, but any shortcomings in this area can be overlooked when you see how beautiful they are. Russian women are independent and pride themselves on the way they manage their home.

While many of them are also ambitious, their first priority is always their home and family. These qualities make them very desirable to have as wives for Western men. They can handle both career and home.

Russian Beauty

Everyone has heard that very common and famous quote that states: “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder.” In the case of Russian women, they are considered to be gorgeous and very attractive, especially in the eyes of Western guys.

In Russia, the word for beauty not only means beauty that is physical but also is referring to a characteristic that makes these women precious, different, and a little more exclusive than others. Terms like lovable and unique have been applied to Russian women.


It’s obvious that Western men are very attracted to Russian girls with the ultimate aim to marry them. Western men find a great attraction in the beauty of a Russian woman, and it is one of more important reasons for the success of the many Russian mail order bride dating sites.

Russian women also understand the importance of looking good and being attractive so that they can find a good husband. Russian women work on their looks by doing a lot of walking, not eating too much, applying the right amount of make-up and taking pride in their personal grooming.

Many of them were taught home crafts when they were children so you will find that they can knit or make their own clothes.

Beauty and Brains

A very high percentage of the Russian ladies that you will find on an Internet dating site have university degrees. The Russian population appears to have a better understanding of general knowledge than people living in other countries.

But there is greater importance placed on finding a suitable partner for marriage for Russian girls, who are more than happy to give up their careers if it can be replaced by a happy family life.

If you choose two words to describe the women of Russia, those words would be strong and independent. It is no longer a secret that these qualities possessed by Russian women are what men are looking for.

Russian women also prefer men that are lovable and caring, and a man who is able to make his own decisions without being dependent on others. If you can add determination and humor to a man’s nature, then that is what Russian women seek. They respect and love men who can return their feelings.

How to Find a Russian Mail Order Bride

It’s a fairly inexpensive and a reasonably simple process to find a Russian mail order bride online. There are literally hundreds of these sites on the Internet which are providing introduction services or a form of matchmaking with Russian women.

Some of the better-known and trusted sites claim they have certain criteria for the selection of their women. Things like screening them for any criminal background and most importantly they must be at least 18 years old.

Over the past 15 to 20 years, the term mail order bride has become a part of the American vocabulary. Like all dating, whether it be local or international, there can be an element of risk.

If things go pear-shaped the bride can find herself isolated in a foreign country where she’ll be unable to speak or understand the native language fluently, and as a result maybe more vulnerable to abuse.

There is also a certain amount of risk for the man because his new foreign wife might have just gone through the whole process of greeting, meeting, and marriage to gain a permanent residency status and some extra money. But as mentioned before, the success of international marriages far out-weigh the failures, and the scams.

Those Russian women who are actively looking for American partners have the best of intentions and their hopes and dreams are the same as those of beautiful women everywhere.


A Brief History of Russian Mail Order Brides

Matchmaking has existed for almost as long as the idea of monogamous relationships, and the idea of finding yourself a mail order bride is not that drastically different to that of an arranged marriage.

In fact, the goal of both is identical: to find the love of your life, but without all the hassle involved in a traditional dating arrangement.

What most people don’t realize is that the “mail order bride” concept originated in the United States during the Gold Rush of the 20th century, using paper catalogues to help lonely gold miners connect with women willing to travel across the frontier to meet them.

It became so popular that women took the initiative and placed adverts looking for men in the newly-booming gold towns, destroying the myth that the whole mail order bride process was a man’s idea.

Post-Vietnam America found itself in the throes of feminism, so American men looked overseas for women who actually wanted to get married and start a family. They knew how attractive foreign women were, and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of an American feminist wife.

The seeds were sown for the emergence of Russian mail order brides, as a growing number of men in the western world looked elsewhere for women who were more compatible with a conservative lifestyle.

Two things happened to propel Russian women to front and center of the mail order bride scene. The first of these was the collapse of the former USSR, and the second was the creation of the public Internet during the 1990s.

Suddenly, millions of sultry Eastern European women were brought to the attention of millions of single men in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Not only were these hot Russian and Eastern European women beautiful, but they also shared the same strong family values as a majority of American and European men.

Women from the former USSR were more than happy to embrace the idea of meeting a foreign man who could offer them a life outside the economic and societal misery of life in the new Russia.

Put simply, this was a far better life than she could ever expect to have in her home country once the collapse of the Communist state was complete.

Hundreds of websites sprang up overnight catering for the demand for Russian mail order brides, international dating, and the associated “marriage agencies”. In many Russian cities the first Internet servers catered solely for dating websites and almost nothing else.

All of these online portals were eager to help lonely western men meet the Russian woman of their dreams. And since those early days there have been tens of thousands of successful matches made between western men and Russian brides, with most of them resulting in happy marriages for both parties.