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[13 Jul 2009]

After months of pushing for a new world currency, President Dmitry Medvedev had more than an idea to tout at his G8 news conference. He had the real thing.   With a broad grin, Medvedev held aloft a shiny gold coin Friday that he said represented a “symbol of unity” and a possible “future world currency.”   “I have some supranational currency in my pocket that I got as a souvenir. This is a test sample of a currency unit under the Unity in Diversity motto,” Medvedev said, holding the coin between two fingers.   “It is called the United Future World Currency. It can already be seen and touched,” he said, according to a transcript posted on the Kremlin’s web site.   Examples of the coin, worth $3,900 and produced by the United Future World Currency, a group backing the idea of a global currency, was presented to all world leaders attending the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila, Italy.   The coin was made by Belgian Luc Luycx, who also designed one side of the Euro coins, and are called “eurodollars” in a symbolic call for a common currency to unite Europe and the United States.   Medvedev pulled out his coin when reporters asked him about new reserve currencies at the news conference that closed the three-day summit. “This is a symbol of our unity and our desire to solve such issues,” Medvedev said.   Russia and China have called for a “super currency” to replace the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said at the summit that the dollar’s supremacy as a reserve currency is outdated.   “This has become a regular theme now,” Medvedev said Friday. “We are discussing the creation or, to be more correct, the appearance of new reserve currencies, including the possibility of making the Russian ruble such a currency unit.”     From: http://www.moscowtimes.ru/article/1010/42/379464.htm

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[13 Jul 2009]

Bravo's new show "Miami Social" debuts tomorrow night. The show follows the lives of 7 socialites in the up-all-night party town. The two characters to watch are Maria and George.   Maria Lankina (pictured to the right) is a no-nonsense Russian bombshell who has taken Miami by storm. After moving to the city in 2005, it took her no time to make a mark on the scene, and only is seen at the chicest spots in South Beach. She currently works as an art director and freelance photographer after studying at the prestigious Miami Ad School, and has had the opportunity to travel the world for her job. She describes herself as "forward, rebellious and fiery," but is a passionate and devoted mom to 13-year-old Angelika.   George, a high-powered mortgage banker and also owns his own investment and consulting firm, has a hot Russian girlfriend called Lina. George stands at a crossroads in his life, trying to balance his party animal ways with settling down and making things work with Lina.   Bravo is expanding its arts and culture slate with the network's newest docu-series Miami Social. Heading to the country's hottest city to show you what life is like in the lively social scene of South Beach, Bravo explores the lives of a group of hot, young professionals – corporate types by day and party animals by night – as they navigate the sometimes murky waters of Miami's hottest locales. The show is on Tuesday nights at 10pm. More at http://www.bravotv.com/miami-social/

Russian Bride of the Day »

[13 Jul 2009]

Today's lady of the day is the bodacious beauty from Nikolaev, Bonnya. Believe it or not, Bonnya is an Information System Manager (IT) in Nikolaev and is looking for a man that "understand me, take care of me and love me. I want to dream with you together and stay for all my life." [More]

Culture and History »

[12 Jul 2009]

Ivan Kupala Day (Feast of St. John the Baptist) is celebrated in Poland, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine currently on 7 July. Calendar-wise, it is opposite to the winter solstice holiday Korochun. Some early mythology scholars, such as Sir James Frazer, claimed that the holiday was originally Kupala a pagan fertility rite later accepted into the Orthodox Christian calendar.   Many of the rites related to this holiday within Slavic religious beliefs, due to the ancient Kupala rites, are connected with the role of water in fertility and ritual purification. Youths would jump over the flames of bonfires. Girls would float wreaths of flowers often lit with candles on rivers and would attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath.   Traditionally, unmarried women, signified by their garlands on their hair, would be the first to enter the forests. They are followed by young men. Therefore, consequent to the quest in finding herbs and the fern flower may be the blooming of relationships between pairs of men and women within the forest. That is one of the most romantic nights in Ukraine.   Some of the ladies on HotRussianBrides.com have invited their suitors to symbolically participate in this tradition with letters like the following:    “…That is one of the most romantic night in Ukraine. Pity you haven'tbeen here on that night cause if you had been you would have a uniquechance to see lots of beautiful single girls standing on the banks ofrivers with candles lit and throwing flower wreathes onto the water.Believe me that is an incredible view to see when a girl does this sheasks God to let her only intended to see it and take it out of thewater - if it happens and he will find her, they will be togetherforever. Writing this letter to you I am throwing my wreath onto the water - itis colorful, made of my dreams of you, warmed with my heart and mytender hands...Once you see it don't go pass it cause it is intendedfor you only.”     Information from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Kupala_Day  

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[10 Jul 2009]

There are some reports of Russian tennis star/model Anna Kournikova wearing a flashy diamond ring. Kournikova, who has long been linked to singer Enrique Iglesias, showed up for Monday night's World Team Tennis match with a huge diamond ring on her left ring finger — the finger normally reserved for engagement rings.   But did you know that in Russian and Ukraine, the right hand is the traditional place for engagement and wedding rings? Also, Russian wedding protocol is quite different from the US. For example, there are no bridesmaids, a best man and flower girls. So if you are courting a Russian or Ukrainian lady, don’t be discouraged if you see a ring on her left hand… she may be single.   Also, when sending flowers to a Russian lady, do not send a dozen! Even numbers of flowers are only given at funerals. Odd numbers are for all other occasions, so give 11 or 13. This rule does not apply to mixed bouquets and arrangements. Yellow flowers should be used with care since in some regions of Russia and Ukraine there is still an old prejudice saying that it is a sigh of bad luck and signifies the end of the affair. Still some women love yellow flowers, but we would advise using them with great care.  

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[10 Jul 2009]

As an added layer of protection to our clients, we now require the agencies we work with to record and submit video validation of the ladies. In this video, each lady must read and sign an agreement which states they are using the service of their own free will, they acknowledge that they are not being paid to use the service, agree not to ask for gifts or money, agree to our Terms of Use, etc. In order for a lady to maintain a profile on our website, she must participate in this validation program.   We introduced this revolutionary validation technique in response to the doubts and concerns voiced by our clients. This does not replace our current validation process; a lady must still provide photo identification and complete the interviewing process to verify her information before she can create a profile. Our new video validation procedure is just one more layer of protection for our clients and is exclusive to our service.   While there is no way for us to 100% guarantee anyone's safety when corresponding and meeting others over the internet, we are committed to doing everything we can to help protect our clients from fraud and deception. We feel that this program is a necessary and effective step in helping us achieve that goal.

Russian Bride of the Day »

[10 Jul 2009]

LaraDiamond is a stunning blonde student from Ukraine, who's ideal man is "clever, understandable, reliable, attractive and friendly. But I think that first of all he must be family-oriented." A romantic and a dreamer at heart, this beautiful co-ed likes the outdoors and is not shy about showing off her body. [More]

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[9 Jul 2009]

Here are three tributes from Russia as they mourn the King of Pop's recent death.   Michael Shalenko-Jackson is Born A 29 year old Russian woman has chosen to name her newborn son after Michael Jackson. Yevgenia Shalenko gave birth to her son on the day of Jackson’s death, learning that the King of Pop had died right after recovering from labor. She has filed a request to register her son’s name as Michael Shalenko-Jackson. Shalenko’s infant is just one example in a trend Jackson namesakes following the icon’s death.   Liger in Russia: "It's Pretty Much My Favorite Animal" Another noteworthy “Michael Jackson” to emerge from Russia is the newborn liger cub at the Volgograd Zoo in central Russia. The rare cub was named in honor of the late pop star, thanks to the zoo director’s love of Jackson’s music.   Moonwalking in Red Square Forever Another Russian fan said that the Moscow government should remove Lenin’s body from its Tomb on Red Square and have Michael Jackson’s body placed there instead for good, Novy Region news agency reports.  The fan, Alexander Valov, a music producer, told the news agency that he went to the US Embassy in Moscow soon after the news about the singer’s death. “I wanted to pay tribute to him there, to lay some flowers. I thought on the way to the embassy that it would be great to have his body embalmed and placed in Lenin’s Tomb on Red Square,” the man said.  Alexander Valov is certain that Michael Jackson would see the true value of such a suggestion. The man even said that he was already in talks with the sponsors who would be ready to invest in the project, as well as with the singer’s family – to have the body delivered to Moscow.

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[9 Jul 2009]

You tell us! A mistake that most men make when pursuing a beautiful woman is thinking they just aren't good enough for her or couldn't possibly compete with all the other men who must be knocking down her door. WRONG! You know as well as we do that EVERY man (including YOU!) has something special to offer a woman. Sometimes you just need the courage to show her.   Many men assume that all women are overly concerned with a man's appearance and how much money he makes? Sure, some are, but we know from experience that most Russian women aren't. In general, Russian women do not place undue importance on their partner's appearance or how deep his pockets are. They love their men for who they are on the inside and what they can bring to the relationship, not what they look like on the outside or how much money is in their bank accounts.   So what do you have to offer one of our ladies? Not quite sure? Well, are you prepared to be completely honest in your relationship, providing your full support whenever it may be needed? If so, you've already got what it takes to make one Russian woman very happy. All you have to do is write her! That's where we come in...  

Russian Bride of the Day »

[9 Jul 2009]

Want to play Doctor? Today's sexy LOTD is a 24-year-old doctor from Odessa, Marisha98. A glimpse of her beautiful body alone could probably cure most diseases. She's a very optimistic person who is looking for a man who is "interesting, smart, can talk with me about everything and any time during the day." So what are you waiting for? The Doctor will see you now. [More]

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[8 Jul 2009]

If Americans think they are alone in their heartache over Michael Jackson’s recent passing, they may be surprised to find their grief shared by the people of Russia and Ukraine. From a candlelight vigil held in Moscow days after the King of Pop’s death to a reported proposal to re-name a village in eastern Ukraine after Jackson, evidence of the region’s infatuation can be seen everywhere.   Jackson’s 1993 performance in Moscow made him the first international pop star to perform in Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union two years earlier. Up until then, it had been illegal to even purchase his songs. His concert seemed to spark a love for all things American in a generation of young Russians, many of whom had never even seen an image of him before the performance.   Now that the man who brought American music and pop culture to Moscow has passed away, many Russian and Ukrainian fans mourn the absence of another cultural icon. Even if his English lyrics were not understood, the energy in his music and images in his videos speaks in a universal language that people all over the world can understand and appreciate.   A makeshift shrine honoring the King of Pop can be seen near the American Embassy in Moscow, honoring the man whose music and life touched the world.