On June 28, 2008 Ruslana Sergeyevna Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment in Manhattan. Ruslana was a beautiful young woman with Russian descendant that was turning 21 years four days after she commit suicide. Police stated there were no traces of violence in the victim’s apartment, concluding that Korshunova’s death was an apparent suicide according to Daily Mail newspaper.
Watching her photos you think what may ever happen to this divine beauty that led her to carry out such a tragic act. Two months before the self-murder Korshunova wrote on a social networking site “I’m so lost. Will I ever find myself?” However Ruslana’s relatives deny the hypothesis of suicide. “I see no reason that made her to do this terrible gesture. She was on top, she never showed no signs of depression”, said a friend to The New York Post.
Called the “Russian Rapunzel” due to hers long hair, Ruslana Korshunova appeared on the cover of magazines like Elle France and Vogue Russia. In addition, she appeared in advertising campaigns of some designers like Vera Wang, Christian Dior, Marc Jacobs and DKNY. Despite hers prosperous career and a life “without any problems” Korshunova was part of an organization named Rose of the World, which was providing a training for personality development. The controversial Moscow institution encourages participants to share their worst experiences and to recall repressed memories.
The British TV producer and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev while researching for a documentary into Korshunova’s death have made these discoveries. Pomerantsev find out also that the model spent more than three months attending the training sessions and that she was accompanied by an Ukrainian model Anastasia Drozdova, who committed suicide under similar circumstances in 2009. Friends describe the two girls “more aggressive” after completing the program. Both lost weight. Rick Ross, head of the Cult Education Forum, argues that organisations such as Rose of the World “work like drugs and are very dangerous”.