Frequently Asked Questions


On this page you will find answers to the following:

Section 1. General questions and answers regarding services provided by the agency;

Section 2. FSU travel advice, trip planning, and visa issues.


Section 1. General questions and answers

Q: What does FSU stand for?

A: The abbreviation “FSU” stands for the “Former Soviet Union”. The former Soviet Union included Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Estonia, and several others republics, all of which became independent countries in 1991.

Q: Do you find matches among Russian women only?

A: Not at all. Through my service you can access a much larger pool of women from all over the former Soviet Union, including women from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, and the rest of the former Soviet republics.

Although referring to all women from the former Soviet Union as “Russian women” is formally incorrect, on this website for the sake of convenience I am using the term “Russian women” usually referring to all FSU women, including those of Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian, Moldovan, and other FSU origins.

In other words, by a “Russian woman” I usually mean a woman who is from any FSU country. Likewise, the agency’s name, Russian Wife Finder, refers to women from the entire FSU region, not just the Russian women.

Q: Are you a marriage agency?

A: In order to avoid any misunderstanding or misrepresentation I must state clearly that my company is not a marriage agency. Instead, Russian Wife Finder is a boutique matchmaking, introduction, and relationship agency that offers a range of personalized services to single gentlemen seeking quality long-term relationships leading to marriage with women from the former Soviet Union.

Q: Can you guarantee a marriage?

A: No, I can not, and will not guarantee a marriage. For that matter, no reputable dating or relationship agency can or will be able to guarantee a marriage. Relationships are complicated matters with many variables. The outcome will depend on expectations, compatibility, mutual attraction, and chemistry between the two involved individuals, among other things.

However let us not make this more complicated than it is in reality. As the well-known saying goes, “There is a lid for every pot”. This is very true. I have no doubt that there is a lady (and most likely not just one) somewhere out there in the FSU who potentially would be a perfect match for you in each and every aspect. This is not an overstatement. The challenge however is to find that woman, properly present a client to her, arrange client’s initial meeting with her, and make sure that client’s meeting with her actually takes place. Then we will repeat this process several times with different female matches, in order to find the best match, and achieve the optimal outcome.

I offer a unique quality matching and relationship service to single, financially and emotionally stable, and marriage-minded gentlemen that will bring you so much closer to that very special relationship. My service offers numerous benefits included with each package. Read more about the benefits of working with me here.

Q: Is there a particular client group you specialize in working with?

A: Although I will work with most gentlemen who are of legal age, single, financially and emotionally stable, and marriage-minded, I can most easily relate to middle-aged men who have been married for a relatively long time, but had to go through a divorce. I myself have been married for almost 30 years now (with all the ups and downs during the course of our marriage, as it always happens), and so can fully understand the loss (both emotional and otherwise) that resulted from the breakdown of a long-term relationship. If your situation is described above, consider services offered by Russian Wife Finder. One strategy we might want to explore would be to match you with a woman that had a similar relationship experience – that is, a relatively long marriage and a recent divorce.

Q: Where will you find FSU women matches for me?

A: As stated elsewhere on this website, one of my objectives is to keep clients away from the pool of so-called “Russian mail order brides”, where misrepresentation and scams seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Instead, I am connecting my clients with women from a bigger pool of regular single marriage-minded FSU ladies. These women have nothing to do with the often-corrupt mail order bride industry, and do not have the goal of marrying a foreign man. What matters for these women is not the man’s country of origin, but rather chemistry, feelings, and mutual attraction. All-in-all, I have access to more than a million FSU women profiles in the age group of 20 to 40. These are single ladies seeking to establish a long-term relationship leading to marriage. In my in-depth search I am using a number of different sources including various online and in-print personals, as well as jointly working with reputable FSU-based matchmaking agencies that are partners of Russian Wife Finder. Other innovative approaches are available to clients. Please note that all clients will be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement prior to the commencement of services.

Q: How exactly does the process of matching work at Russian Wife Finder?

A: The agency will introduce you to numerous women according to the parameters that you set, until you have selected several of them (normally three to five), who would be of most interest to you, and with whom you would want to meet in person. In order to qualify, all of these women should also express genuine interest in you, and a desire to meet with you. You will be provided with the contact information of these women and will be able to directly communicate with them.

Q: Why should I choose your service over other similar services offering to connect with Russian and Ukrainian women?

A: Here is the key difference between dozens and perhaps even hundreds of “Russian brides” websites out there and my service: while the “Russian mail order brides” websites offer you access to the pool of international brides, or Russian women who are in search of a husband from a foreign country, Russian Wife Finder offers you a very different approach, where you would have an opportunity to connect with a larger pool of women seeking a husband on the FSU domestic (local) marriage market. With that, you would greatly minimize your chances of getting involved with the wrong types of women, such as gold-diggers, passport-hunters, and scam artists. In addition, you will avoid dealing with fake and outdated profiles. You would also face less competition, work with a personal matchmaker who will represent you to women in the best possible light and in the most effective manner, and enjoy plenty of one-on-one support and advice.

Q: Do you maintain a database of single marriage-minded women from the FSU?

A: I found that maintaining a database of such women is quite time-consuming, and in the end not at all that beneficial, the main problem being the status of women changing all the time in real time. In other words, Natasha might enroll in my database today, but in four weeks from now she might become unavailable due to meeting someone else (through another dating service, for example). More often then not she will not notify me about the change in her status. At the same time, I am physically unable to contact each woman in the database on a regular basis in order to find out what their current status is. Therefore, instead of going through often outdated databases, we will rather focus on finding and contacting women in real time using methods and sources as described above.

That being said, I am planning to showcase a small gallery of selected women that in my opinion represent outstanding value (to be implemented in late 2016).

Q: Why should I hire you when I am sure I could find and communicate with Russian or Ukrainian women myself for a fraction of the cost, and sometimes free of charge?

A: Actually I would like to encourage you, as the first step, to go ahead and find and communicate with FSU women by yourself. If you will be successful in achieving your goals – I will be truly happy for you. However, just in case, bookmark this site first. There is a chance you might need to re-visit Russian Wife Finder at a later point.

The modest fee that I charge for my matchmaking and other related services goes toward covering countless hours of my time that I will spend finding suitable and compatible matches for a client (which at present time represents a much more difficult task when compared to the mid- or late 1990s, or the early 2000s), doing translations where needed, helping organizing and coordinating client’s FSU trip, and offering my expertise and support at every step of the way.

Q: Is your service confidential?

A: Confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of the service I offer. My policy is to keep your personal information as confidential as possible. However, for obvious reasons, I will not be able to keep client’s photos private or confidential. The same applies to certain profile details such as age, country of origin, any children, and so forth. Client’s last name and client’s contact information will be kept confidential at all times, and will never be shared with anyone. Client’s first name could be kept confidential, if that is important. If you have any questions or concerns with regard to this policy, please contact me, so that a mutually acceptable solution is found.

Q: Why do I have to submit my photos?

A: That would be the best, and often the only way of presenting a client to prospective female matches. After all, we all know that looks matter, and in romantic relationships looks matter especially.

Q: What are agency’s requirements for becoming a client?

A: In order to become a client of Russian Wife Finder the requirements are as follows: a single, marriage-minded male aged 22 and up, financially stable, emotionally stable, with no serious health problems, no addiction problems, tolerant to other cultures, and with no history of violence or aggression toward women. Please read more about it here.

Q: Why being financially stable is important?

A: In order to be successful in finding a sound female match, a man has to have a certain level of financial security. The minimum income amount should at the very least cover living expenses for at least two people (yourself and your future spouse) between the moment she arrives to your country, and until the moment she has found employment. That, of course, is the absolute minimum. Without some measure of financial stability, it would be difficult to attract women’s attention or continue having purposeful communication with them. Please do not judge these women, but rather understand that the great majority of them have been leading not easy lives – often trying to make ends meet, and sometimes struggling financially. Why? Because they are single women who live in poorer (when compared to the western) countries with lower incomes. These women do not wish to go through a rather difficult and sometimes traumatic move to another country, and once again find themselves leading a miserable life full of financial struggle. Therefore, the issue of future husband’s financial security would be one of the most important, decisive factors for most of them during the introduction stage. In this particular instance, this is not the case of them being materialistic; these women are just being prudent about their future. However, once committed to a man, they, as a rule, will be supportive of their husbands during even the most difficult of times.

Q: I am a United States citizen. Is your agency IMBRA-compliant?

A: Yes it is. There are two forms that will have to be completed by a US citizen and supplied to Russian Wife Finder. This procedure applies only to citizens of USA. It does not apply to citizens of any other country.

Q: What are the first steps in the process?

A: Initially, prior to client paying the fee, I would ask client to fill out a questionnaire. I will also ask client to supply a few recent photos. While client’s photos will have to be shared with potential female matches, client’s last name and contact information would not be made public or shared with anyone.

Q: Do you work with men from western countries only?

A: Not at all. Everyone is treated equally and with respect at Russian Wife Finder. Men from non-western countries do have a fairly good chance of finding matches among single Russian, Ukrainian, or other FSU women. However for men from certain non-western countries it would be slightly more difficult to find such matches, and then there are some other non-western countries that would almost never be considered by FSU women. Please contact me with some of your basic personal details and the country of your birth as well as the country of your citizenship.

Q: What is the youngest age of women that I could access through Russian Wife Finder?

A: I work with women that are minimum 20 years of age. Women that are younger than 20 years old, as a rule, are not mature enough to commit for either a long-term relationship or marriage.


Section 2. FSU travel advice, trip planning, and visa issues.

Q: Is it safe to travel to Russia or Ukraine given the current conflict that is taking place in eastern Ukraine?

A: Although in my personal opinion at the time of this writing it is safe to travel to any FSU country with the exception of Ukraine’s Lugansk and Donetsk districts, for legal reasons I must refer you to an official travel advisory service of your own country. For example, below please find links to:

Canadian travel advisory: www.travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories

US travel advisory: www.travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country.html

UK travel advisory: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Q: Is it absolutely necessary for me to travel to Russia, Ukraine or another FSU country in order to meet with FSU women?

A: No, it is not. If you would prefer not to travel to the FSU region, another option would be to arrange for the initial meeting with the woman of your choice in a third country. An ideal destination for that would be a visa-free country for either of you. I will be able to advise you on that. It has to be mentioned that if you would decide to meet with more than one woman, logistically it would be somewhat difficult (although doable) to accomplish this in a short period of time. Please also keep in mind that not each FSU woman would be able to afford such a trip, so you might have to be prepared to cover her travel and/or accommodation expenses.

Q: What would be the optimal travel length for the FSU trip?

A: That would depend on the number of women you will be meeting with, and your route. Plan for a minimum of 8-10 days, with an average reasonable length of 12-15 days.

Q: Would I need a visa to travel to FSU countries?

A: This would depend on your citizenship, and the particular FSU country you will be visiting. For example, at the time of this writing, citizens of most western countries traveling to Russia or Belarus do require a visa, while at the same time they do not require a visa in order to enter Ukraine or Baltic states such as Latvia. Please inquire about exact entry visa requirements at the corresponding FSU country consulate in your own country.

Q: Do you provide visa support for either myself when I will be traveling to FSU, or for my fiancee when she will be visiting my country?

A: No, I do not. My agency’s main focus is on matchmaking and relationships. Clients come from different countries, and travel to different FSU countries. Each country has its own rules and regulations with regard to issuing visas, including both entry visas and fiancee visas. Therefore, it would be most appropriate for clients to approach corresponding government agencies that directly deal with these matters and issue such visas. That being said, I could offer advice to clients on the issue of applying for the Russian visa.

Q: What if during my FSU trip I will realize that there is no chemistry whatsoever between me and any of the women matches?

A: Although the great majority of men do find a woman of their dreams during the first FSU trip, some do not. If this will happen to a client, we will jointly analyze the reasons and make necessary corrections upon client’s return. We will then repeat the whole process again.

Q: What else do I need to know?

A: Meeting and marrying a Russian or Ukrainian woman of your dreams is absolutely within reach. Every year, hundreds of western and non-western men travel to FSU countries and become engaged with Russian, Ukrainian, and other FSU women. The process itself may not be as easy or quick as we would wish — but then nothing worthwhile in this life comes easy or quick, isn’t it?

Did not find an answer to your question here on this FAQ page? Please contact me with your question or questions directly.


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