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April, 2013

Latest authoritative Ukraine-Russia bride guide rates A VOLGA GIRL top agency in Russia:
Dr. Walter Parchomenko, a Fulbright Scholar and distinguished professor, has just published his independent and very critical study of the most reliable and best value dating-marriage agencies in Ukraine and Russia.

A Volga Girls was rated best in Russia and Kiev Connections best in Ukraine for their matchmaking services. Elena's Models was rated the best agency to supplement A Volga Girls' and Kiev Connections' matchmaking programs, offering reliable and very affordable services in both countries.

Dr. Parchomenko found these three agencies to meet the following essential criteria: excellent customer service, stringent scammer protection, an established company history of more than a decade, and numerous positive testimonials with the names and photos of former clients. Each agency also guarantees that the women they accept are real and carefully vetted by staff before their profiles are published online. Significantly, each of these agencies is the product of a successful marriage between a Western man and a Ukrainian or Russian bride.

Dr. Parchomenko's new book is the first Ukrainian and Russian bride guide to provide a GPS-like roadmap for serious Western bride seekers. It makes all the major, hard decisions online and in-country any man will need to make in his bride search, including selection of a totally reliable, full-service marriage agency in Ukraine and Russia, and a scam-free apartment rental. Unique features of this guide book include: a four-month timetable from the start of a man's online bride search to the time he boards a plane for Ukraine or Russia for a two-week vacation and adventure of a lifetime and a systematic bride search; findings from a survey of 4,000 women's profiles on websites; results from a review of 200 men's testimonials about their bride search experiences in Ukraine and Russia.

Paperback and ebook editions of a Ukrainian-Russian Bride Guide are available from

More detailed information on this powerful new tool to guide serious Western men online and in-country, and an interview with the author, may be found at this book's official website,



September, 2009

A Volga Girl the movie! (Update) National Geographic contracted with an independent film producer (PSG Films from Washington state) to produce a one hour TV documentary titled "E-Mail Order Bride". The shooting for the TV documentary began in November 2008 and two A Volga Girl clients and couples were featured through the courting, engagement and marriage phases of their relationship. Also, the documentary included interviews with the A Volga Girl staff, company President and several of the Russian ladies featured on the website. This was one of the first accurate and honest accounts of the "foreign marriage" phenomena. In 2011 and 2012 the TV documentary continued to run on a monthly basis in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, Africa and Asia on the BBC network; and in the US and Canada a few times per year. The documentary has high acclaim and interest throughout the world. In these modern times and small world made accessible through the internet, men of all ages have sought to not limit their search for a bride to their own countries and are now looking worldwide. Of course, this worldwide exposure has dramatically increased the demand for our marriage agency services. Many of you watched the TV documentary and saw the arrival and marriage of Olga to Gary in Las Vegas and also James court Uliana in Togliatti, Russia. Though James did not proposed during the filming of the documentary, we are happy to announce that James and Uliana are now happily married.


November 7, 2005


Reuters is an international wire and news service. A Volga Girl owner Craig Rich was contacted for comment about pending legislation that would require all users of Russian bride sites to undergo a background check before they ever utilized the services of companies like ours at Our sentiment is that background checks on male relationships counterparts are fine, but such checks should be conducted only at the time that a couple becomes engaged and specifically at that time when the man is applying for his fiancee's visa status in his home country. The detailed article/release appeared across all major internet new's sources including the home pages of


June 2005


MAXIM is an internationally circulated men's magazine. is featured in this satirical article about finding a suitable Russian bride. When MAXIM needs such specialized information, they contacted Volgagirl,Ltd. owner Craig Rich for the straight scoop. "The integrity that our company has built over years of experience online has made a name for itself."

You can read the article in it's entirety here.



October 2002

Russian mail order bride site A Volga Girl was featured in an October 2002 episode of the Ricki Lake Show.

Arina & Craig Rich, and a number of A Volga Girl clients
appeared on the nationally syndicated daytime talk show.


March 18, 2002

A Volga Girl was featured on a segment of the nationally television show The Other Half. The topic focused upon Russian mail order brides marrying and coming to America.

Arina & Craig Rich were interviewed on the nationally televised The Other Half.
The show aired on Monday, March 18, 2002   See show photos here

February 26, 2002

A Volga Girl founder Craig Jay Rich was contacted by the News Tribune to comment on pending mail order bride legislation in the state of Washington.based upon some cases of spousal abuse, the news Tribune contacted the founder of A Volga Girl to comment upon donestic violence by men that have married a Russian bride.

The News Tribune - Tacoma, WA

A Volga Girl principal Craig Jay Rich was recently contacted for comment on pending legislation in Washington State requiring their residents using Internet sites like A Volga Girl to submit to background checks before they are permitted access any type of offered services. There are thousands of American and other western-oriented men searching for Russian mail order brides. The legislation has since passed in an amended form, requiring such checks at the time the Washington resident applies for his K-1 Visa to bring his foreign Fiancée to the United States with the intention of marrying within 90 days. The legislation is intended to protect these future brides from abuse.


February 25, 2002

Craig and Arina Rich were featured on this February 2002 segment of the Montel Williams Show. The hour long program focused upon finding and marrying a Russian wife.

The Montel Williams Show

Nationally syndicated and broadcast on NBC:  Craig & Arina were guests on this 1-hour segment devoted to the Russian bride phenomenon and an examination of Internet sites like A Volga Girl which profile Russian women seeking foreign husbands. As many as 4000 men per year are seeking Russian girls to become mail order brides.

February 8, 2002

national Public Radio contacted the founders of A Volga Girl, Craig and Arina Rich, and asked them to review the Nicole Kidman movie "Birthday Girl." The movie dealt with a  Russian mail order bride coming to England to join a british man who she had been corresponding with.

Boston's National Public Radio Affiliate


"Birthday Girl" featured Nicole Kidman as a Russian girl coming to England anticipating her possible marriage to a British man.  

A Volga Girl's principals Craig & Arina Rich were invited to be "guest reviewers" of the new Nicole Kidman thriller Birthday Girl.


Craig and Arina Rich in the national Public Radio studio reviewing the Russian mail order bride movie "Birthday Girl."

"An email-order bride gone wrong is the subject of the new Miramax film Birthday Girl. With British director Jez Butterworth at the helm, "Birthday Girl" is set in the suburbs of London, and stars Nicole Kidman as Nadia, the blushing Russian mail-order bride-to-be, and Ben Chaplin, a mild-mannered banker who finds her online."


Thursday, January 31, 2002

Online Article In It's Entirety CLICK HERE

The New York Daily News featured a cover story about Russian mail order brides, asking Craig and Arina Rich to discuss how an American man goes about finding a Russian wife.

While the media has historically been less than kind in providing an overview of Internet-based relationships, this cover article of the New York Daily News weekly women's section did provided a somewhat balanced view, though the isolated incidence of abuse & violence within such relationships are commonly presented for the "shock value" it creates among the readers. In fact, there are no statistics indicating that there is any higher incidence of abuse or neglect in American-Russian marriages than in the general American population at large.

Craig & Arina Rich New York Daily News

Craig and Arina Rich are featured in this new York Daily news story about Russian girls finding and marying an American or other western-oriented man. was featured in  the November 2000 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine.

New Jersey monthly magazine featured Craig and Arina Rich, and the Russian mail order bride site A Volga Girl.

New Jersey monthly magazine featuring a story about Russian  mail order bride Arina Rich.

The web site was featured in this new Jersey Monthly magazine article.



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