About AnastasiaDate

Established in 1993 by a Russian-American couple, AnastasiaDate is an international online dating site that specializes in helping men meet women from Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, and other CIS countries. With a staff of 300 and offices in the United States, Russia, China, Colombia, and Kenya, AnastasiaDate claims to have more than one million worldwide members. In fact, the site has become so popular that it’s been featured on major U.S. television shows such as The Daily Show, 48 Hours, The Howard Stern Show, and across networks like CBS, Fox, ABC, and more.

AnastasiaDate differentiates itself from the competition by tackling the problem of scams head-on, which is something very prevalent within the international online dating community. They accomplish this by contacting each woman who joins the site and verifying their identity, making sure their picture is a true representation of their looks, and that their intentions involve romance, marriage, companionship, or friendship.

On top of this, AnastasiaDate hosts numerous romantic tours each year, which are primarily focused on Russia and Ukraine. During these tours, men (most of whom are from the U.S.) fly in to meet women through a variety of social events. Packaged tours are available, and include airfare, accommodations, food, guided tours, transportation, professional translation services, and more. And whether or not you’ve already met someone special on the site, you can use these tours as an opportunity to meet women, or to get to know someone better.

How AnastasiaDate Works – From a Man’s Perspective

If you’re a man seeking a woman, AnastasiaDate makes signing up free and easy. As soon as you’ve input a few of your personal details, you’ll immediately be able to begin browsing the profiles of Russian women, just like with any other dating site. You can search based on age, weight, and other interests listed in her profile, such as personal details, interests, photos, physical traits, answers to common dating questions such as what she looks for in a man, and so forth. In addition to Russian women, AnastasiaDate also includes women from the U.S.

If you browse the site and decide it’s right for you, you can then create your profile, upload pictures, and answer typical questions that you’ll find on any other dating site. When searching for women, you’ll quickly notice that:

  1. Most of the women come from Ukraine, and
  2. They typically include professional, model-like photos of themselves.

This would normally raise our red-flag-meter as a potential scam, but according to AnastasiaDate, each woman goes through a personal verification process, and a professional photographer who has teamed up with the dating site most likely took the pictures. Which brings us to our next point…

Where Do the Russian Women Come from on AnastasiaDate?

Because AnastasiaDate is specifically tailored toward men seeking women, if you attempt to sign up for the site and indicate that you are a woman, you’ll be redirected to www.svadba.com (“svadba” means “wedding” in Russian). There, a woman who is looking to be listed on AnastasiaDate will experience a wholly different process, infrastructure, and portal, all of which is completely in Russian. Soon thereafter, an employee from the company would call the applicant, and would begin the verification process.

AnastasiaDate Features & Pricing

Like most of the more popular dating sites such as Zoosk and Christian Mingle, browsing through the women’s profiles on the site is completely free. However, if you decide that you’d like to chat with one of these women, this is when you’ll start being charged—and which can become very expensive, very quickly.

When you chat with a woman on AnastasiaDate for the first time, the initial three minutes are free of charge, after which point you’ll be prompted to purchase credits. Even though the site is not subscription based, it is credit based (more about credit values in a moment). Credits are sold in bundles, and are priced as follows:

  • 20 credits = $15.99
  • 40 credits = $30
  • 80 credits = $56
  • 160 credits = $96
  • 320 credits = $185
  • 500 credits = $249
  • 1,000 credits = $399

One credit is worth one minute of chat, while two credits are worth one minute of live chat with video, (only you will be able to see the woman). For example: If you purchase 1,000 credits, you’ll have 170 minutes of two-way video chat (e.g. you both can see each other), or you’ll be able to send up to 100 letters. In addition, AnastasiaDate offers many other traditional features such as the ability to send virtual gifts, flowers, and much more.

One Little Problem: Fake Review Flood

As mentioned in our TripTogether observation, we have been receiving a ton of "overly-positive" reviews in our system all in extreme favor of AnastasiaDate. Now we're not pointing fingers here but using our undisclosed proprietary process and algorithm, our system immediately red-flagged the flood of these reviews as ones that do not appear to be genuine and legit. On the contrary, it was what appeared to be as individuals trying to pose as consumers with hopes of artificially boosting the company's rating here at HighYa. As such, we completely blacklisted them. We even went as far as kindly reaching out to AnastasiaDate and TripTogether twice and providing the courtesy of simply asking for such behavior to stop. Both times we were ignored. With that said, it makes us question all the other positive reviews for these two companies available on other review websites. So just be careful and cautious when researching reviews for these companies!

The Bottom Line – AnastasiaDate isn’t a Scam, but Is Very Expensive

AnastasiaDate works differently than most other dating sites; from the way their verification process operates and the women they “showcase,” to their numerous romantic tours each year. If you don’t have a problem dating women who potentially just want to come to the U.S. for a better life, AnastasiaDate may be a good option for you. With that said, the reality is that many of the women on the site are genuine, and are looking for honest romance with a man from the U.S. However, some are definitely looking only for a free ticket, and nothing else. So as cliché as it may sound: Be careful. If you have the moolah to spend, that is.

Despite the verification process that women undergo, or the wide variety of tours available throughout the year, AnastasiaDate is built to make money. For instance: After you chat with a beautiful woman for three minutes, your passion might be ignited, so you’ll want to chat with her more. If you and she really “click” with each other, you could easily spend thousands of dollars on credits in a matter of several weeks, only to find out that you didn’t fit together as well as you originally might have thought. And if you meet another woman soon thereafter, the process repeats itself all over again.

Now, you might be thinking, “Why wouldn’t I just exchange personal information with a woman?” AnastasiaDate makes all women agree to certain terms in order to be featured on the site, and if these guidelines are broken, they will be permanently removed. As a result, you will not be able to obtain any personal information from them, including phone numbers, email addresses, Skype usernames, etc.

So while AnastasiaDate is specifically built to give you exactly what you want, it is also specifically created to make a lot of money. If you choose to join AnastasiaDate and actively pursue Russian women, be prepared to spend a ton of money in the process.

See also: Watch Out for These 6 Red Flags When Dating Online

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6 Customer Reviews for AnastasiaDate

Average Customer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 0 4 stars: 1 3 stars: 1 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 4
Bottom Line: 33% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Better than being robbed by a gun, and they won't take your iPhone

    • Dec 8, 2015

    Without a doubt, the site has loads of profiles with photos of very beautiful women. Unfortunately, whether you read messages, send replies, chat or even view attached photos & videos, this site charges you for pretty much *everything*, and these 'beautiful women' (assuming they're real) use every trick in the book to lure you into reading one more message, writing one more reply, chatting for one more minute and viewing one more photo or video... and all that keeps the AnastasiaDate.com cash register ringing at an alarming rate.

    I currently live in Kiev, Ukraine, and I only contacted girls who speak English and live in the exact same city. So lining up a date on this site should have been at least as easy as any of the free sites I've used to find dates in the same place, right? Unfortunately, it wasn't. With the goal of spending as little as possible, simply to verify that this site would lead to at least one real-life date, I spent over $200 USD in just 5 days, received replies from over 40 girls, and ended up with nothing but more invitations to keep emailing and chatting, longer and longer, adding more and more $100+ charges to my credit card.

    Additionally, the profiles and messages I saw seemed VERY fake to me, and having used online dating services for years, I can spot a fake a mile away. And the girls almost always write back within 24 hours. Does that sound normal for an online dating site to you? It sure doesn't to me, but I'm sure it helps keep that cash register ringing. When you bring all this up with one of the very friendly customer service people, they'll happily send you a link to their 'anti-scam policy,' which they seem to think should convince us that we're not being scammed. But the fact is, if someone can live in Kiev, speak Russian, and not set up a single date with a girl who lives in the SAME CITY after hearing back from 40+ girls and spending $200+, when free or super-cheap sites like Badoo, OkCupid and VK work perfectly well, it's safe to say that AnastasiaDate falls far, far short of delivering what it promises.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Don't fall for fake reviews

    Of course AnastasiaDate is a scam, I detail the scam, the scammer women at the site, the scammer agencies in Ukraine that work with Anastasiadate. I used the service for two years and I met nothing but scammer women who did pro dates. They would meet me and get translation fees for their friend or whatever. Most just wanted me to chat with them in video chat because they are paid 12 cents a minute. The local agencies in Ukraine make a bundle on the deal. Everyone makes money off of stupid American men. And when we meet the girl eventually after months of chatting, she is disinterested.

    That is only because usually the women at the site are married or engaged to be married.

    This industry is dying because of sites like anastasiadate. They cannot stop with the lies and the deceit. But we can all speed this along if we abandoned such horrible services and focused on the sites that actually provide honest women who look for real relationships.

    Stop believing in this garbage fantasy. Wake up.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Oh no! Get me out of here!

    • Southern California,
    • Oct 16, 2015

    I had a nine month "relationship" with a woman on Anastasia Date that presumably was searching for her "soul mate". Nothing could be farther from the truth. Yulia B. is indeed a beautiful woman who lures men to Karkov, Ukraine in hopes of their having a romantic interlude with the woman of their dreams and may have the intent of marrying. Unfortunately, Yulia forgets to tell them she is a lesbian and that will never happen.

    She talks men out of getting a hotel and has them use a chosen apartment she has set up for them where they can be alone. But she is never alone with you. She constantly has her interpreter by her side (even though you may speak intermediate Russian as I do) or her realtor. The apartment is 4 stories up in an old building with no elevator and she charges you probably nine times the going rate. She makes her money off the unfortunate men by skimming off the apartment, taxis (she never uses her car) restaurants (she has a deal with) and gets a cut off the interpreter.

    She refuses to be touched, even hold hands, and is constantly wrapped up like a mummy. Beware of this woman. You easily catch her in lies and you fly back out of town like I did after only the second day.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Of course it is a scam

    • Boston, MA,
    • Apr 13, 2015

    Of course AnastasiaDate is a scam. They of course, don't take any responsibility for the website. They merely provide a portal that links you into the agencies in Ukraine who have fake profiles, fake women, and women who are not sincere about meeting anyone. It is just a gigantic scam model where women get a small percentage of the cut. AnastasiaDate makes a gigantic profit for doing nothing. I had a friend who spent $10,000 over a few months there. The woman refused to let him come over to see her. I think he should try to get his money back. We will see.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 7 people found this review helpful

    My experience

    • Vancouver, Canada,
    • Jan 18, 2015

    I think you guys are doing a fantastic job helping people meet Ukrainian or Russian girls. For years I felt alone and If it weren't forAnastasiadate.com, we would not have found this love and friendship we have with Tanya. We both are very grateful for the service you provided us and making it possible for two lonely hearts in the world to meet and discover their soul mate. I am now engaged to be married.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Not for me

    • Chile, Santiago,
    • Dec 8, 2014

    I didn’t find the one I was looking for... But what can I do... This site is not for me...maybe somebody’s have some luck there.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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