Back in 2011 the woman, then a 19-year old economics student, joined a Kyiv bridal agency Bridge of Love to look for a husband abroad, according to the agency owner.
The Bridge of Love operates in Kyiv since late 1990s and specifies in connecting Western men with Ukrainian women looking to marry a foreigner. The agency website describes its women as “not emancipated” and “without excessive ambitions.”
According to the agency owner Tamara Dokukina, Duritska joined the agency together with several other models, but withdrew her profile just several months after entering. Dokukina says she recognized the young woman and recalled her name after seeing her in the news.