I was a long time member of one of the sister sites of Russiancupid.com, Afrointroductions.com, while I was living in both Mauritius and South Africa as an expatriate. Russian Cupid used to be known as Russian but was gobbled up by the Cupid Media Network and given a re-haul.
Any of these options will notify the other member, but one of you will have to pay to actually speak to each other.
However, standard members can communicate freely with premium members.
Nevertheless, if you speak some Russian (speaking Russian is a HUGE advantage as many women don’t speak English), have some decent conversation skills and a tremendous work ethic, you will be in a good position to attain success in Russia.
Your best success with online dating in Russia will be in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.
These two big cities have the largest pools of singles from which to choose. In fact, some of the most beautiful women I have ever seen have been from Russia.