Culture and History »

[1 Sep 2009]

In the old Slavic myths of Russia and Ukraine, Rusalka (plural: Rusalki) are similar to Sirens in the Greek tales and Mermaids in English sea legends. The Rusalki are female ghosts who live at the bottom of lakes and rivers. During the day they must stay underwater, but after nightfall they are able to leave their watery prison and walk on land, dancing in the moonlight. In most of the legends they would mesmerize the young men who came across them and take them down to the bottom of the river to live with them. Rusalka are normally depicted with green fire in their eyes, or no pupils at all. They will have golden or even green hair and one of the recurring themes is that when they are on dry land the Rusalka must keep her hair wet or she will die. The Rusalki were frequently viewed as vengeful spirits of young girls who had died under unfortunate circumstances and could move on from the earth if their deaths were avenged. In early June, the holiday of Semik would be celebrated (this is sometimes known as “Trinity Week” in modern times as it precedes Trinity Sunday). At this time of year, due to the spring, the Rusalki would be at their most dangerous. Swimming was banned every year during this week as the Rusalka were said to drag the swimmers down to their doom and offerings were hung from the trees around the river to appease them.

Best Places in Ukraine »

[31 Aug 2009]

Visitors to Odessa who are looking for a nightclub serving up the unexpected would be well advised to check out Captain Morgan.  This club offers a refreshing break from the typical nightlife experience with frequent discounts, parties, delicious food and fantastic music.  Sushi is a popular menu choice, as are the wide assortment of cocktails and drinks available to patrons.  Friendly service personnel will make you feel comfortable and welcome at this exciting venue.   Once you pass by the door staff, through the cinderblock entryway, you’ll find yourself surrounded by a crowd of well connected and gorgeous party goers that make up the Odessa A-listers.  The club tends to get crowded on weekends so it’s good to know your way around.  The bar is located in the center of the hall, so you should have no problem locating it.  The second floor offers a more party-like atmosphere, while the first floor creates a more laid back, “lounge” feeling.   Every Friday and Saturday, the best DJ’ and VJ’s from Kiev, Moscow and all across Europe are invited to play spastic concoctions of hip-hop, interspersed with samples of anything from House Beats to Michael Jackson.  Tables are available for reservation and it is recommended that you arrive early.  The bar is open from 9 until the last client leaves.  

Russian Bride of the Day »

[31 Aug 2009]

I have been rather unsuccessful trying to find real love on my own, so I decided to use this opportunity of new technology to build a wider potential for love in my life, then hopefully, find “ mine” to build a relationship. [More]

Russian Bride of the Day »

[28 Aug 2009]

I want to find the one who will be my most special man and who will complete me. I am searching for someone who will be my second half, my sense of living, my inspiration, and my passion. [More]

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[26 Aug 2009]

Ralph: I did travel to the city of Dnipropetrovs'k in June. I had a wonderful time there and am glad to say that I found the woman of my dreams in Olya. Although I went to meet another lady it did not work out between the two of us. Your agency there was kind enough to tell me that there was another lady that would like to meet with me. Olya and I hit it off from the first date to the last day that I was there. Tonya the translator was wonderful in helping Olya and I talk and still helps us when we need it. I am happy to say that Olya and I are now planning to get her K1 visa and have talked about marriage. Thank you for the wonderful trip and I hope that when I visit again soon that I will be able to bring Olya home with me, as this is our plan now. Again thank you.  

Russian Bride of the Day »

[26 Aug 2009]

24 year old Ekaterin597 is a manager at a furniture shop in Nikolaev. She is not decided on having children yet, but she is looking for a man that is "tall, respectable, honest, with good sense of humor." [More]

Featured Couples »

[25 Aug 2009]

Both Tatyana and Jim had been on [HotRussianBrides.com] for a relatively long time. Deep down they were disappointed and lost hope. I think this was partly why they lacked enthusiasm and were cautious with each other in the beginning of their communication. Tatyana had been married before and she has a two year old son. She was disappointed in men. Jim is a mature, wise man, 30 years older than Tatyana. He could hardly believe that such a charming young lady was sincerely interested in him. With time their feelings became stronger. They were talking to each other more and more often and learned to trust each other. They decided not to make any promises, but meet and see how things work out. After the meeting everything became clear. The couple knew that they did not want to part with each other ever again. The meticulous task of preparing the necessary documents for Tatyana to leave Ukraine is almost completed now. She is leaving Ukraine at the end of August and the happy couple plans to get married.  

Russian Bride of the Day »

[25 Aug 2009]

"I am looking for a man who is kind, interesting and intelligent. Who prefers to lead an active style of life and loves adventures and have a good rest. Who is sociable and have his own style of behavior. Who knows the price of the words and knows how to treat his lady." [More]

Culture and History »

[24 Aug 2009]

Every year on August 24th, Ukraine celebrates its Independence Day! This year marks the 18th anniversary of Ukraine’s independence.   The history of Ukraine originated with the creation of the state of Kiev in the 9th century. After the decline of this state’s formation and disintegration into small princedoms in the 17th century, the Cossack-Hetman state was created which existed until the end of the 18th century and from then, up until the 20th century, the independent Ukrainian state did not exist.   In August, 24th, 1991, the Supreme Rada of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic proclaimed Ukraine an independent, democratic state and presented “The Certificate of Declaration of independence of Ukraine” for approval by the Ukrainian referendum on December, 1st, 1991.   On Sunday, August 23rd, on the Day of the National Flag of Ukraine, with the assistance of President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko, the solemn ceremony of raising the National Flag of Ukraine took place on the Constitution square. Then, the head of the state, officials, representatives of the public of Kiev and regions put wreaths on the monuments of the poet Taras Shevchenko, the first president of Ukraine Michael Grushevsky, Duke Vladimir and hetman Bogdan Khmelnitskiy.   On Monday, August 24th, at 9 o'clock in the morning in the Sofia cathedral and in other churches, temples of the capital will hold services and worships all morning. Heads of the state, representatives of the capital power and the citizens will pray for Ukraine and its people.   At ten o'clock in the morning on Kreschatik Street, the traditional army parade will take place. The march includes divisions of all combat arms; also, tanks and self-propelled guns will be presented in a stationary exposition - from the European square to Institute Street.   Participation in military parade and in other actions will accept 17 best military musical collectives from different regions of Ukraine.   After the parade, the President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko will address to the Ukrainian people with a speech. In the evening, on the city central square there will be a celebratory concert with participation of creative collectives and stars of the Ukrainian Variety. And, certainly, the holiday will end with an artillery salute. This is unbelievable beautiful scene and you definitely need to see this!   In preparation for this holiday, national flags have been updated on buildings in capital. A pedestrian zone on the central city street have been decorated with flowers, established missing urns and benches and repaired lighting devices. On a Maidan of Nezalezhnosti, the city authorities have prepared for citizens and visitors to Kiev a surprise – a working clock created from almost 50 thousand natural flowers. And the dial of this masterpiece reaches 19 meters! Hours will start to show an exact time since August, 23rd.   Over the Central part of Kiev, 35 units of aviation technics flew, in particular 8 helicopters, three civil planes An-225 , An-124 "Ruslan", An-148, and also planes of destroyer, assault, bombardier, prospecting, military-transport and sea aircraft aviation.   The same parades can be seen in every big city of Ukraine on this day! All the people celebrate and appreciate the freedom of their native country.   National holidays, like Independence Day of Ukraine, bring people closer, allowing them to feel a sense of participation and unity with the great Ukrainian nation. On August 24th it is better to discard routine, soar over trivial problems and celebrate this day together with your compatriots!         

Culture and History »

[24 Aug 2009]

Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has congratulated Ukrainians on the Day of Independence of Ukraine. The premier noted that Ukraine is currently living through hardships, as the international financial turmoil hasn't bypassed the country. However, the premier believes this to be temporary. [More]

Russian Bride of the Day »

[24 Aug 2009]

Today's LotD is a cosmetologist from Nikolaev who is looking for a travel companion: "most of all in my life I love to travel... but it is very boring and I feel lonely when I travel alone... [More]