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Russian Brides 

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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".


Alex Chapple


Dick Wolf (created by), Bryan Goluboff





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Timothy Busfield ... Daniel Carter
Izabella Miko ... Lena
Ramon Camín Ramon Camín ... Luis (as Ramón Camín)
Ean Sheehy Ean Sheehy ... Webmaster
Michael Kostroff ... Evan Braun
Heidi Schreck ... Vera
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Anna Orlova ... Karina


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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Release Date:

9 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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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 »


Olivia's hair changes from straight in the beginning to wavy in one scene, then straight again. See more »


Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: A lot of these people are illegal. The last thing they wanna do is talk to the cops. Girl disappears, it's not their problem.
Nick Amaro: Especially when they don't know who wanted her gone.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Good thing is, witnesses are like children: they respond to bribes and threats.
Nick Amaro: And they're easy to trick.
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The Scope of her evil
30 August 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When a disfigured body and face of a woman who has been raped turns up and the SVU squad gets the case, it leads them into an investigation of a Russian bride scheme involving prostitution and extortion. One of the victims is Timothy Busfield who was taken for plenty including money he really doesn't have.

And it turns out that his intended 'bride' Izabella Miko is quite alive and working the scheme again. None other than Dann Florek the SVU captain goes undercover as the old lonely widower looking for love in all the wrong places.

As it turns out Miko is one of the most amoral characters that SVU has ever had on the show. She could give Jane Greer from Out Of The Past a real run for the money in the scope of her evil. It will shock you as the episode concludes.

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