The Rose of the World Maze

Ruslana Ruslana had cut her long hair off before she jumped to her death. She may have done this at the Roza Mira center after the group she was in tried to lift the beautiful veil. I believe they did not know what they were doing. When I did this with Rena by a waterfall on Mount Tamalpias, I was delicate and loving. I took responsibility for the tower I had put her in so soon after we met. Beauty can bring out the beast in everyone around her, thus, it is the beholder of beauty who is lost, who doesn’t know who she or he is. We project our impossible expectations upon Beauty who becomes an attainment. She withers, like a rose surrounded by cruel thorns.

Jon Presco

British TV producer and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev has theorised that Korshunova’s suicide was related to her involvement with Rose of the World, a controversial Moscow-based organisation which describes itself as “training for personality development”. While researching for a documentary into Korshunova’s death, Pomerantsev learned that the model spent three months attending training session at Rose of the World. These sessions—which encourage participants to share their worst experiences and recall repressed memories—are modelled after Lifespring, whose controversial methods were the subject of multiple lawsuits for mental damages in the US during the 1980s. Korshunova attended training sessions with a friend, Ukrainian model Anastasia Drozdova, who committed suicide under similar circumstances in 2009. Friends of the two women reported changes in behaviour after several months at the Rose. Korshunova became aggressive, while Drozdova experienced violent mood swings and grew reclusive. Both lost weight. After three months of training, Korshunova returned to New York to look for work, where she wrote of feeling lost and doubting she would ever find herself. Rick Ross, head of the Cult Education Forum, argues that organisations such as Rose of the World “work like drugs: giving you peak experiences, their adherents always coming back for more. The serious problems start when people leave. The trainings have become their lives—they come back to emptiness. The sensitive ones break.” Only months after leaving the Rose, Korshunova was found dead.[19

Muhammad Naqib, a concierge who worked in Korshunova’s building stated, “I was shocked when I saw her on the pavement. She was on the road, small and pitiful, in a puddle of blood, surrounded by a crowd. Her arms and neck were broken,” the man said. Muhammad was immediately suspicious. “Only next day I realized what was wrong. It was her hair! It was much shorter than when I last saw her that night, lively and happy. It seemed like it was cut in a hurry since the ends were uneven.” “All I got is a polite “thank you.” But nobody called me for an interview,” said Moscow autopsist Sergey who worked on her makeup in a Moscow morgue. “The hair could fall out because of a strong impact, but it could not become shorter. When I was preparing the body for a funeral, I noticed that the hair was in a very poor condition. I even offered to find her a wig, but her relatives refused. The ends were uneven, as if someone had cut it with scissors.” According to the testimony of many witnesses, no strangers or suspicious people were noticed on the day of Korshunova’s death in her building on Water Street. The back exit in the yard is visible to the concierge, and nobody could pass by the reception unnoticed. During her last visit, Korshunova’s mother stopped by the apartment. According to Korshunova’s friends, Valentina spent several hours at the door of the apartment. She is still hoping to find the answer from American police.[15] On July 7, 2008, Korshunova was buried at Khovanskoye Cemetery in Moscow.[16] Her mother stated to Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda that the Russian capital was one of her daughter’s favorite cities, and that “[She] would want her beloved Moscow to be her last resting place.”[17][18]

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1 Response to The Rose of the World Maze

  1. Reblogged this on rosamondpress and commented:

    I posted this in May of 2012. When I met Belle I told her about the legends around the name Rosamond ‘The Rose of the World’.

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