RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace) is the dark web’s longest running darknet market. The forum-style market has been around since September 2012, and is a Russian language market that operates primarily in Russia. The forums have over 100,000 different users (although not all of them active), making it a large marketplace.
An alternative to other darknet markets such as AlphaBay and Dream Market, the RAMP site is notable in its absence from law enforcement’s grasp. This appears to be due to the fact that it is run from Russia – a place where US law enforcement and their influence is not at all welcome.
The marketplace itself isn’t fancy – but it’s reliable, and it’s chock full of goods, too..
How do I use RAMP?
You access RAMP though a regular .onion address, similar to accessing any other darknet market. Signing up requires a username, password, email address, and a captcha answer. Once you’ve signed up you’ll be logged in to the RAMP homepage which looks a little bit like a forum from 1999. There’s plenty of flashy, colorful banners on top, advertising various stores in both Russian and English (think “MDMA HQ” and “Diamond Perfect Stuff”), followed by various forum rooms underneath.
There are rooms dedicated to more info about the marketplace, and then specific rooms for each store or seller on the marketplace. There are also regional rooms; however, they are not overly popular. Each room has moderators in place to ensure the conversations conform to the rules of the marketplace.
You can find a guide to access RAMP on this website in the side menu under “RAMP Guide”
What goods and services are available for purchase on RAMP?
RAMP (Russian Anonymous Marketplace)is a marketplace that deals in the sale of illicit and controlled substances only – i.e. drugs.
The most prolific illicit substances available on RAMP are marijuana, including wax, hash and hashish, cocaine, amphetamines, including methamphetamine, and MDMA (both crystals and pills).
There are also a number of other less popular drugs such as mephedrone, opium, PCP, 2C-B, 2C-I salvia, DMT, Nbome, A-PVP, mushrooms (psilocybin) and LSD.
Controlled substances available on RAMP include ketamine, modafinil, and methadone.
Heroin, a massive draw for sales on many of the other online darknet markets, is notably absent from the RAMP website.
Stores are labeled as to where they will distribute to, and what methods are available – for example via mail or pick up.
Some of the substances will be imported from other countries, e.g. hashish from Morocco, and others unlabeled for origin. Many stores will show the test results from the RAMP Marquise Test (a substance color-reactive test) which indicates the presence of MDMA/MDA/MDE, amphetamine, methamphetamine, heroin, morphine, codeine, methylone, mescaline, oxycodone, DXM, 2C-B, 2C-I, Ritalin, aspirin, and sugar. The results of these tests give the buyer somewhat of a guarantee of the quality of product that they are purchasing.
There are also rooms dedicated to particular regions such as Belarus if you are looking for something more specifically regional. As mentioned before, this is a Russian forum, so the vast majority of stores are Russian only; however, other Eastern European destinations are sometimes available, too.
What’s prohibited on RAMP?
Like many other darknet markets, RAMP puts exclusions and restrictions on the sale of various goods and services. Banned sales include pornography of any sort, carding and hacking techniques or tools, spam and malware techniques and tools, any form of weapons including explosives and general warfare, promotion of any violence (presumably including manpower for hire such as thugs and hitmen), and fake documents and banknotes.
It’s also against the rules to sell any form of synthetic cannabinoids on the market, and you may not advertise drugs by nickname without outlining the exact name for the substance.
As the marketplace is Russian language only, you will either need to know Russian yourself, have a friend handy who does, or make good use of Google Translate! If you are in another region of the world apart from Russia or Eastern Europe you will likely struggle to find a vendor who will send anything to you – or rather, they will sell it to you, but they will not deliver it!
For RAMP enthusiasts living in other regions of the world, you might be best leaving your shopping until you do some travelling up at the top end of the world.
If you’d like to get started with RAMP, head on over to their .onion address and sign up for an account. From there, you can browse through all the various stores and substances, to see what is available on this prolific darknet market.
If you don’t know Russian but need a good darknet market then you can check out Dark Web News as they have a massive list of all the darknet markets.