In the early 1990s when the company first launched, it used catalogs to introduce men to Russian women.
The company launched its first website in January 1997 and expanded its business in more cities throughout Russia and the Ukraine.
Following the growth of Anastasia Date, the company spun off three websites during 2007, each connecting western men with women from different areas of the world: Amo Latina, Asian Beauties, and Africa Beauties.
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The company alleged in a US Federal Court in New York complaint that EM Online (d/b/a Elenasmodels) created two websites –and – to broadcast fabricated, negative testimonials and dilute Anastasia Date's trademarks. The creator of the first website was a former customer who had no relation to Elena's models and had linked to the site.
The site makes money by charging users who want to meet Eastern European women.
As of 2012, such users buy credits "priced on a sliding scale, starting at $15.99 for 20 credits, and going up to $399.99 for 1,000.
Each minute of simple, instant messaging-style chatting costs one credit.
Special, premium smilies – like a vibrating, multi-color LOL – cost extra.
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