As Eastern Europe undergoes a debate which Russian social networks have the best women, and the best way to pick them up: "If you go to one of the many group dedicated to foreign languages or foreign countries, there will be plenty of single, young attractive women, and your success rate will be much, much higher," explains one.
And Russian news reports have apparently warned of the influx of "creepy foreign men" onto social networking sites.
"She decided to go gay on me," Ewald told me in his sharp midwestern accent.
Agency rosters are stuffed with savvy "pro-daters" who are just out for gifts and cash handouts, they blogger who says his Ukrainian ex-girlfriend was hired to correspond with lovelorn Westerners on Anastasia International, one of the more popular agencies.
With that in mind, men like Stephen Ewald are bypassing dating agencies and going straight to the source: The social networks that are increasingly popular in Eastern Europe.
"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.
"Or in this case, randomly meeting some pretty girl online."For their purposes, VKontakte is the perfect alternative.