A top Kazakh-Russian model jumped to her death from an apartment building two years after being flown to Jeffrey Epstein’s pedophile island as an 18-year-old.
Ruslana Korshunova, a catwalk model and one-time face of Nina Ricci perfume committed suicide at her Wall Street apartment in 2008, aged just 20.
According to Daily Mail, the model traveled to Epstein’s Little St James island on his private Boeing 727 aircraft dubbed the Lolita Express – shortly before her tragic death. She was in a cult at the time of her suicide.
Virginia Roberts-Giuffre was asked by her lawyer whether she knew Korshuova by a Florida-based attorney in a May 2011 email unsealed on Thursday night.
In the documents, Roberts-Giuffre was asked by Brad Edwards, who served as her PR, about the model, who he said had enjoyed a trip to a private island with a wealthy male admirer.
It was revealed that In June 2006, aged 18, she had flown from New York with Epstein and other friends on his Boeing 727, dubbed ‘Lolita Express’, to his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Little St James. But it’s unclear what happened to her once she was there, but Epstein was known to fly girls and young women to his compound, where they’d be sexually exploited by himself and other men.
‘I think it’s a long shot you would recognize her, but read the article I attached and then look at the pictures and see if you recognize her,’ Edwards wrote. ‘I will call you tomorrow.’
Edwards enclosed a link to a Newsweek report on the model’s death.
Roberts-Giuffre replied: ‘I am so sorry to hear the news of Ruslana, and my condolences are with her family and friends.
‘I can say that I have never had any meetings with her, sorry not to be of any help there.’
The exchange was revealed on Thursday, with the unsealing of a trove of documents from Roberts-Giuffre’s 2015 defamation case against Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s right-hand woman. The documents were unsealed this week after the Manhattan judge ruled there was no longer any justification for keeping the files secret.
Epstein died in August 2019 in jail awaiting trial, and Maxwell is now in prison, serving a 20-year sentence for sex trafficking.
A 2014 book by author and academic Peter Pomerantsev – Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia – detailed Korshunova’s decision to join an extreme ‘self-help group’ in Russia, which critics called a cult.
She was driven to the group after her modeling career took a knock, and sought help from ‘coaches’ who humiliated and blamed members for the wrongs in their lives.
Korshunova had fallen for an oligarch named Pomerantsev as ‘Alexander’, who dumped her and left her brokenhearted. Returning to New York City from Moscow, she fell in love with a Russian luxury car dealer in the last months of her life – but he too left her.
She took solace in the extreme ‘self-help’ group, Pomerantsev wrote.
The cult, Rose of the World, had a reputation for ‘dehumanizing’ treatment of its followers, according to Pomerantsev.
Korshunova was found dead on the street not long after signing up for one of their courses which reportedly cost more than $300 a day.