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August 31, 2017, after 11 years with A Volga Girl, Dave Knabel, MBA and Lt Col, USAF (retired), will be exiting his role with A Volga Girl and leaving the company with Elena (Helen) Bessonova, who has been A Volga Girl Russian Operations Manager since 2001.

A Volga Girl will continue to work as we have been doing all these years since 1999, providing our services and doing our best to help people from across the world find their soulmates.

Elena (Helen) herself knows the company and its proceedings inside out and has been repeatedly praised both by male and female customers alike for her continuing efforts and unrelenting support.



David Knabel
President, International Introductions, LLC

My name is Dave Knabel and I am the owner and president.  I purchased “A Volga Girl” from the founder, Craig Rich, August 2006.  The business is still American-owned and is now located in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid-west area of the U.S. and is a registered business of Kentucky under the name “International Introductions LLC” as of July 25, 2006.  The company continues to legally do business as “A Volga Girl” and has been in business since 1999 and is one the most respected companies in the “International Marriage Brokerage” business. Craig thanks all present and former satisfied customers who have used this site to correspond, meet, court and ultimately marry an intelligent, beautiful and traditional Eastern European lady from Russia. My goal is to continue this tremendous standard of service. The management and staff of the company promise to deliver the same outstanding and individualized service to all our clients. Our full-service office located in Togliatti, Russia, will continue to feature Helen, the Office Manager since 2001, along with the rest of our conscientious staff. “A Volga Girl” is a top rated site and one of the most highly respected companies in this industry. It was created for you to meet the woman of your dreams. We have virtually no scammers on this site and will strive to keep this site scam-free. We carefully screen all our ladies through personal interviews to insure they are honest and willing to find a worthy man for marriage outside of their native country. In addition, we obtain a copy of each ladies' Russian Passport for verification of identity, address and phone number.  This high level of scrutiny will continue to be a company policy so you are insured a pleasurable and honest journey in courting some of the most sought after women in the world.

So you know a little about me, I grew up in Louisville, KY, being the oldest of six children. I attended Christian schools through High School and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1979 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce and a commission as a Lieutenant in the USAF. During my 22 year Air Force career I was a Program Manager responsible for development, production and contracting for many different projects including communication satellites, secure communications, medical readiness systems and range training program. In 1987, I obtained a Masters of Business Administration degree from National University in San Diego, CA. Along the way, I had four great children all who are now grown and on their own. I retired from the USAF as Lt. Col. in 2001.  Since 2002,  I worked as a General Manager and Service Director for a company in the transportation and leisure industry and as a Business Manager at a local university.

My interest in “A Volga Girl” is the result of me being a client of the company. I have been through the entire process of finding a wonderful Russian Lady who is now my wife. The extremely professional and knowledgeable staff alleviated all my concerns and allowed me to pursue the woman of my dreams. Elena arrived in the US on Sept 15, 2006 and we were married on Dec 9, 2006. Romance and love is definite not something a man should give up on.  I am proof that the process works and that anyone can have it all in life. As the owner and company President, I guarantee you a great experience if you follow the simple guidelines described throughout this website. Best of success and feel free to call me at 877-330-2605 or 502-426-2501. I welcome calls from all future, current and former clients and friends of the company!


David L. Knabel
“A Volga Girl”








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