Dating is never easy, and some romantics have been driven across international boundaries in the search for true love. Now that sometimes countries spanning quest has become a little easier with the romantic matching service called Anastasia Date.
The service was founded in 1993 by Elena and David Besuden. The two met through a service pairing American men with so-called Russian “mail-order” brides in 1992. The couple’s relationship was so successful that they married later that same year. Encouraged by their own story, the couple created their own international dating business the following year. Because their site initially connected Russian women with American men, the service was christened Anastasia Date in honor of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia (the famous “surviving” member of the massacred Imperial Family). Initially, in its pre-web days catalogs featuring information on participating women were sent to interested men, who likewise corresponded with women through the mail. As Internet use became increasingly popular, the company opened its first website in 1997. By 2003, in addition to matching Western men with Russian women, women from the Ukraine and Northern Asia began joining the site. In 2007, the company added AmoLatina, AsianBeauties, and AfricaBeauties, to offer more meeting opportunities from other parts of the world. In 2011 Anastasia International, the company created to manage the international dating sites, sold Anastasia Date to a private investor. By 2012, Anastasia Date had become the world’s 29th most popular dating site, with 220% increased site traffic, and $110,000,000 in sales.
Anastasia Date subscribing parties have the option of live, video, or e-mail chat. Each form of chat is purchased with “credits”, which range in value, and allow participants conversations of varying lengths. Another feature the company offers is called Date With A Lady, in which the company helps to set up face to face meetings between interested parties. The company has also offered live social mixers, held in Russia and elsewhere in disco, park, and club settings, where singles can meet and chat informally.
Leads leading to real relationships can happen through Anastasia Date, but because of its international nature, participants are cautioned to use patience, engage good interpreters for initial meetings, and follow the standard rules for all dating sites. Understand fully the rules for and any applicable charges for any Anastasia Date participating site. Beware both of too-good-to-be true profiles, and red flags that might pop up when a connection is made. With that in mind, have fun, and prepare to step into a literally larger world of dating.