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1st International Marriage Network

1st international marriage network is an online dating site aimed at Western men seeking Russian women for marriage. The website contains ladies from Russia and former Soviet Union countries such as Ukraine.

Like most Russian dating sites, 1st International is free to join. This gives you the opportunity to set up your dating profile and see if you like the look of the Russian girls listed on the site.

As well as viewing ladies, you can also rate their profiles.

To search for ladies, there's a comprehensive search engine. You can search one height, age, whether they want children and a whole host of other options. There are plenty of search options, but it lacks the refinement of sites such as Cupid Media's Russian Euro and Ukraine Date.

Although you can search on country, most of the ladies on the site are Ukrainian.

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Once you see a lady you like, you can send her an email. This is where the site disappoints. This is a letter writing type of site. Basically you have to pay to contact the ladies on the site. Unlike most other sites, the amount you pay to contact the lady depends on how popular she is on the site. While this means that men are encouraged to contact the less popular ladies on the site (which could be a good thing if you want a successful marriage), it means that this site could be extremely expensive. Given that an annual Platinum subscription to Russian Euro costs under $200, you have to ask why any man would choose to use a pay per letter site like the 1st International Marriage Network.

Why are letter writing sites best to avoid? The major problem is cost. At the time of writing, to open a letter from Marina of Kiev will cost you an astounding $23.50 (11.75 credits at $2 a credit). Will Marina of Kiev even like you? She's beautiful and she has a good career. She can set her sights pretty high. Most men don't appreciate how much letter writing is involved in choosing a suitable foreign bride. So take it from me - I've talked to around 50 foreign ladies on Cupid Media's sites. Of those maybe half a dozen would have been suitable wives for me. How much would all those emails have cost on 1st International? I don't think my calculator has enough digits.

Beyond this though, the letter writing business model is wide open to abuse. Fake profiles can be invented, duplicate profiles posted, and these sites generally aren't very quick to remove a lady's profile once she's even in a relationship. So these sites will end up with your pouring your credits down the drain so to speak.

So is the 1st international marriage network dating site worth using?

One major issue is one of privacy. It's very easy for internet searchers to find your dating site profile! This is a worry if you want to keep your search for a Russian mail order bride a secret. Some of the details about you are also incredibly sensitive - as well as a photo of yourself you potentially show anyone in the whole world your religious beliefs, income and even your full date of birth. I don't know what the US data protection laws are, but this kind of site would not be acceptable under UK data protection laws.

So for privacy concerns alone, it's probably best to avoid the 1st International Marriage Network. Try Elena's Models or Russian Euro - both are much cheaper than 1st International. Sure there are scammers on these sites, but if you're serious about finding a Russian wife then you'll need to learn how to spot the good ladies, and in that respect foreign dating is nothing different to avoiding the gold diggers and undesirables in your own country.

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