In order to bring down a Russian mobster running an international prostitution/kidnapping ring disguised as a Russian bride website, Cragen steps from behind the desk to go undercover as a "john".



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Ramon Camín ...
Luis (as Ramón Camín)
Ean Sheehy ...


When a young woman is found brutally murdered, the SVU detectives use her distinctive tattoos to identify her as a recently engaged Russian mail-order bride. Upon questioning her distraught fiancé, they learn that she was kidnapped and held for ransom the night of their engagement party. While the detectives follow the money to a deadly blackmail scam run by the Russian Mafia, Captain Cragen goes undercover as a sad and lonely suitor to lure out a killer. Written by NBC Publicity

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9 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


In this episode, Timothy Busfield plays a man named Daniel & in The West Wing, his character's name is also Daniel (Danny). See more »


After the M.E. rolls the female body onto her back to look at her face, Benson notices the body has had its fingertips removed. The hand, however, is shown palm up with the victim back on her stomach. She hasn't been rolled over again as the very next shot is Avaro looking at a tattoo beside the victim's navel. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: I'm not a drinking man anymore, but please don't let that spoil your fun.
Lena: A man who doesn't drink. You're different to me already.
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Russian Mail Bride, anyone??
11 November 2011 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

This review comes from someone who never watch SVU his whole life (I know!). I am familiar with Law and Order (the old one) and loved to watch it from time to time, but SVU aka spin off never sparks my interest (which now I regret deeply). I always like detective shows, I tried to watch 'CSI' but find it too complex and over the top and so does half other 'murder mystery' shows out there that are not worth mentioning.

Russian Brides is the seventh episode of the 13th season of SVU. From story line point of view this episode was very well written. Direction was fast-pace which is totally my style as I hate slow & lengthy dialogs cop shows. Actors all did wonderful too, I really enjoyed each one of them but my favorite will be Hargitay (if that's not obvious already). So to conclude, I am excited to watch more of the coming episodes and will watch the previous seasons too.

I'm sure many of the loyal fans will consider this episode to be average, which might be so, but if you are a newbie like me, this one will pretty much blown your mind away!

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