In 2006, it launched as an almost line-by-line Facebook clone, and the first thing Westerners will notice when logging on is that its design is a shameless rip-off of Facebook circa 2010.
But VKontakte has since developed some distinct features—most notably, a vast catalog of pirated HD movies and music, which you can stream right from your profile—that have made it far more popular than Facebook.
And Russian news reports have apparently warned of the influx of "creepy foreign men" onto social networking sites.
Western dudes have used the internet to find Eastern European brides for years.
"Standard compliments, inviting to visit them," Galugan said.
"I'm not interested in any one of them."Welcome to the new online meat market for schlubby American men to score young Eastern European brides.
So is it really any surprise that guys considering "buying" a bride through an agency are turning to social networks, where everyone's selling themselves all the time?
"We all have a natural desire to want to get as a close as possible to the real thing, to meeting some pretty girl on the corner" said William Lee, the proprietor of the website Russian Women and a professional coach for men looking for Eastern European wives.
I wanted to find and speak to some of the young women who have drawn foreign bachelors with the hopes of finding Eastern European wives to the site.
I chatted with Natalya Galugan, a pretty 26-year-old from Kryvyi Rih.
She said she gets up to three messages a day from men, "90% from Muslim countries" like Egypt, Turkey and Jordan.