Culture and History »

[24 Jul 2009]

Koschei the Deathless, also known as Kaschey the Immortal and Chakhlyk in Ukraine is another prominent figure in Russian Mythology. He is a monster who dwells in the Caucasus Mountains and carries an iron club which he uses to terrify young women and attack anyone with the courage to seek his treasure. Like many other evil spirits and monsters in Slavic folklore, he normally appears as an ancient, wizened and ugly human although he is also sometimes depicted as a skeletal man with black hair. He is referred to as “The Deathless” or “The Immortal”, although neither term is completely accurate. Koschei’s soul was hidden in a needle, which was hidden in an egg, which was hidden in a hare, which was locked inside an iron chest and buried on the legendary island of Buyan. Koschei could only be killed by finding the island and digging up the chest, catching and killing the hare that will try and run away and then catching and killing the duck that would try to fly away. Once the hero of the story possessed the egg, Koschei would lose his magic and could be controlled. Finally, Koschei could be killed by destroying the egg. Koschei the Deathless could be contained and weakened by denying him food and water, but he would not die. He would also regain his strength if he ever managed to drink water. In the story “The Death of Koschei the Deathless”, the legendary Prince Ivan came across Koschei, weakened and thirsty, having been caged and tied by 12 iron chains and deprived of water and food for ten years. Koschei, like the Baba Yaga, has remained a popular figure in Russian Mythology over the years. In addition to the traditional folk tales that featured him, he is also featured as a major character in popular culture. Mike Mignola’s Hellboy has featured Koschei as an antagonist in one of the volumes and he appears in Mercedes Lackey’s “Firebird” novel, her literary retelling of Igor Stravinsky’s famous ballet of the same name. Koschei’s name is often featured in popular culture more than his character, used as a name for various monstrous characters and all sorts of legendary archetypes.

Russian Bride of the Day »

[24 Jul 2009]

This week's final Lady of the Day is the sweet and sensual Honeyed. A student from Odessa, Ukriane, Honeyed is an "open and honest, family oriented girl." Beautiful and kind. What a combination! [More]

Featured Couples »

[23 Jul 2009]

Liliya: I would like to thank everybody at my agency for the happiness and hope that you gave me. My heart is overflowing with joy. I give thanks to God for guiding me in my search for love. I met such a kind and loving man; he is the only one for me. Thank you all and God bless!   Jimmy: How can I thank this agency enough? Liliya is a very heaven sent gift to me... After a year and a half search... I have met the girl of my dreams, who understands me, who cares so much for me, and has trusted me to be her husband. It is just a blessing to be in such common union with her. I am looking forward to many years of happiness with her.    

Russian Bride of the Day »

[23 Jul 2009]

Why have you decided to use Hotrussianbrides.com to search for love? My personality is quiet, stable, introspective, calm, and honest. By searching through this site, I can allow myself the pace I need to find my true love. [More]

Tips and Advice »

[23 Jul 2009]

There she is.  The most beautiful woman you’ve ever seen looking into the camera, her emails to you over the past months professing her undying love and now she says she’s ready to take your relationship to the next level.  Yet, in the back of your mind, you can’t shake the nagging suspicion that it’s all too good to be true.  “No one that young and beautiful could ever really love me like she says she does,” you tell yourself.  So, like many others, you search the internet for proof that that your suspicions are founded and that the young lady who claims to love you really has ulterior motives.   Without a doubt, you can likely find negative comments made about any company or organization if you look for it.  Just as easily, you can find websites claiming that the moon landing was staged, Elvis is still alive and the Earth is actually flat.  Everyone has an opinion and, with the increasing availability of internet access and the ease in setting up a free homepage of your very own, everyone has the ability to share their opinion, unchecked, with the entire world.  It does not seem to matter whether the information is truthful or accurate; opinion is paraded as “fact” without any regard to the possible repercussions.    This is true even when it comes to “anti-scam” and “black list” websites, which claim to spread the “truth” about Russian dating and “mail order bride” services.  Now, we won’t comment on whether one such list or another is telling the truth; we’ll leave that determination up to you and your own personal experiences.  What we can do, however, is share some tips to help you sort out the facts from fiction.   How to Judge a Black List First and foremost, keep in mind that any website which is considered to be an “International Marriage Broker” must obey applicable laws which govern their industry; however the so called “blacklist” websites are not regulated by ANYONE.  There are no “official” black list websites or agencies for the international dating and correspondence industry, so any information you see posted to these “black list” websites should be considered the publisher’s subjective opinion.  Want to check with a reliable source?  While there are none specific to international dating and marriage broker services, there are many official consumer protection organizations which may be trusted, both within the government as well as in the private sector. Trust your own judgment.  Ultimately, with a little common sense and objectivity, you are the best judge of what’s really going on.  Obviously, if a lady is asking for money or gifts, cease contact and report her to the site’s administrator.  Be cautious about giving out your personal information.  Be wary if she’s in a rush to meet off the site or too quick in professing her undying love before you get to know one another.  While this doesn’t necessarily make her a “scammer” since some people are quick to become emotionally attached to a potential mate, it should raise a red flag.  If you are unsure or something doesn’t seem right, contact the administrator for the site you’re using.  A trustworthy service will investigate your concerns and discuss them with you, no matter the outcome of their investigation. Accept the fact that very few people do things purely out of altruism.  Such people do exist, but most people are motivated by personal gain, whether this is monetary or simply petty revenge.  So, when someone offers something to you, ask yourself “what does this person stand to gain if I accept and follow their opinions?” Check which websites have purchased advertising space on a blacklist site, and then compare these sites to the ones who appear on the “approved” or “safe” list.  If you only see one or two advertisers and they’re high up on the “safe” list, it is possible the “blacklist” owner is receiving kickbacks from the “approved” website.  You should especially be suspicious if links to these sites appear to be part of an affiliate program, where the blacklist publisher receives money in exchange for traffic sent to the linked site. Look closely at reports that come as a result of a failed relationship.  Sadly, many women are accused of being “scammers” simply because of a personal dispute.  The dissolution of a relationship can be very painful and sometimes, in pain, a man will stretch the truth or even outright lie to make the woman seem much more villainous…and make themselves seem more like the victim.    So always take post-breakup reports with a very large grain of salt.  If you weren’t there and don’t know either of the people involved personally, it’s impossible to know what REALLY happened when the couple broke up. Watch out for disgruntled, former employees.  Keep in mind that, in order for websites and agency offices to keep running, a staff must be employed.  Just as in every industry, there will be unfortunate cases in which a staff member’s employment must be involuntarily terminated.  This is never a pleasant event, but in rare cases, former employees may seek retribution by making up stories about their former employers. Look for the evidence.  Regrettably, many reports of scammers are presented in a “he said, she said” fashion.  They are 100% based upon hearsay, rather than objective evidence.  When you read through these reports, ask yourself “Where is the evidence?”  Is the blacklist’s publisher showing you the email (with headers) and screenshots of the alleged scammer at work…or simply asking you to take their word for it?

Random Stuff »

[22 Jul 2009]

Miami Social’s second episode “Single in Sobe” premiered last night on the Bravo channel.   The episode explored the friendships and rivalries of the members of one of Miami’s Premier Social Circles, as the tensions in their relationships began to mount.   Russian ladies Maria and Lina featured heavily on the show this week, as Maria – a single mother and fashion photographer in South Beach, Miami prepared to send her 13 year old daughter, Angelika to a Swiss boarding school (pictured).   Meanwhile Lina, the fiery Russian girlfriend of Circle member George, came back to the United States after an impromptu trip to Saint Barthélemy, a French collective in the Caribbean. Lina works for a high-end real estate developer and is frequently pulled away to attend functions with little notice, much to George’s dismay. This has caused significant disagreements many times in their relationship and caused significant strain throughout the episode, culminating in a breakup before a party at the end of the episode.   Miami Social has once again dipped into the strange and surreal world of Miami’s social elite, illustrating the sunny days and endless nights of the fashionable over-30 set in Florida’s most infamous city. While showing this, Miami Social also gives us great insight into the lives of Russian immigrants to the US with these two working professionals.

Sports and Politics »

[22 Jul 2009]

Vice President Joe Biden met with Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko In Kiev Tuesday to voice support for the country's NATO bid and its embrace of the West, but the conversation was not all serious geo-political business, judging by the pool report. While sitting around a pub in the late afternoon the conversation drifted -- inevitably? -- to the topic of churches... and beautiful women.   VPOTUS and Yushchenko were seated a table in the back of the pub with their two translators, the mayor and vice mayor of Kiev, and the head of the presidential secretariat. Pool joined conversation in the middle, but Yushchenko was talking about Ukrainian churches. VPOTUS overheard saying: "I cannot believe that a Frenchman visiting Kiev went back home and told his colleagues he discovered something and didn't say he discovered the most beautiful women in the world. That's my observation." Unclear who Frenchman VPOTUS was referring to. "It's certain you have so many beautiful women."   See the beauty of Ukrainian Women for yourself Source: Huffington Post  

Russian Bride of the Day »

[22 Jul 2009]

You would think that in our line of work, we would be able to remain cool when we see a stunning woman. Today, we are finding it nearly impossible with Samirra. [More]

Questions »

[22 Jul 2009]

It is very important to read the Terms of Use for any website you join, since this agreement dictates the rules and policies you must adhere to in order to use the site.  Every time you log in to the HotRussianBrides.com website, you agree to the Terms of Use; so even if you have not read the Terms of Use, you are still responsible for honoring this agreement.   There is also a lot of useful information in the Terms of Use; it isn’t a never-ending tirade of “legalese.”  In the Terms of Use, you can find our rules concerning the exchange of contact information or arranging a meeting, information about what kind of content is prohibited in profiles and correspondence, our payment and privacy policies, as well as tips to help you protect yourself from scams on the internet.  When you think about how much more effectively you can use our service knowing this kind of information, wouldn’t you agree that it’s worth it to spend a couple minutes reading through the Terms of Use?  

Featured Couples »

[21 Jul 2009]

Natasha: It was God’s will to bring me to this agency. I learned about it from a church friend. The agency has become very close and dear to me so quickly. I could not always make it to there to check my correspondence due to my work schedule, but I was so happy whenever I did get such opportunity. I always looked forward to visiting the agency and reading my letters. My most cherished dream had been to have a real family, a family who would love God. Robert is a marvelous, caring man who shares my faith in God. His emails and chats were so special to me. It felt as if we could continue talking forever. When Robert came to meet me, I was impressed even more with how thoughtful and considerate he was. He has combines the best of human traits, they are his nature. His heart is like the most precious diamond as it radiates love. Robert is God’s gift to me!   Robert: I can hardly convey on paper the emotions I have had meeting Natasha. This has certainly been the time of my life. I must be the luckiest man to have found her.

Random Stuff »

[21 Jul 2009]

Bruno has fallen foul of the censors in Ukraine, who claim Sacha Baron Cohen`s raucous new comedy could "damage the morality" of its citizens, according to BBC. The Ukrainian ministry of culture told local film distributor Sinergia it had "decided to ban all showings of this film on Ukrainian territory". [More]