Almost 3 years after jumping off the 9th floor of a New York building, a filmmaker claims supermodel Ruslana Korshunova may have been associated with a Russian cult.
While researching her mysterious death for a documentary, Peter Pomerantsev discovered a friend of the model Anastasia Drozdova also committed suicide in the same fashion. He met with Anastasia's mother and showed him notes scribbled on paper from Rose of the World.
Pomerantsev did some more digging and found both Ruslana and Anastasia went to a three-day course put on by the organization, which claimed they will "teach you how to realize your goals and achieve material wealth".
During the seminars people are asked to "confess their worst experiences". In an article written for Newsweek, Peter said Ruslana "was the most enthusiastic speaker. She spoke about her father’s death, her failed romance—cried publicly, laughed violently."
The two models continued going to these $1000+ workshops and it wasn't long before friends started noticing changes in their behavior:
"Volodya, a true believer who works as an assistant at the Rose, claims this is normal: “Ruslana had what we call a ‘rollback.’ She felt a little strange. You’d find her wandering round town, unsure what she was doing there. Maybe she’d cry at night. But she couldn’t have killed herself. We cured her of any problems she might have. And Anastasia? She was messed up already. We tried to help her, we really tried. But she refused transformation. Blame modeling, maybe drugs, not us."
In the end we'll probably never know, but the findings are definitely inneresting.