Nude photos of Miss Russia 2009 Sofia Rudieva that were circulated online days after she was crowned prompted the organizers to strip her of her title. Svetlana Stepankovskaya, the first runner-up will now go to Miss Universe and the second runner-up is more likely to compete at Miss World.
The nude photos of Sofia caught the Miss Russia organization off guard and considered the entire incident as a "stain" to its reputation. Russia is one of the countries that are closely watched in the international pageant. In 2008, Russians made the cut in all major four pageants with the exception of Miss International, and even took the Miss World crown.