A YouTuber accused of broadcasting a sickening live broadcast in which his nearly naked girlfriend died while people were watching online has been arrested.
Stas Reeflay is said to have forced the pregnant woman – who only wore her underwear – to freezing temperatures after an argument.
According to a report from Russian media, the 30-year-old was allegedly paid $ 1,000 (£ 740) by a viewer to inflict this abuse on her live stream.
The woman Valentina “Valya” Grigoryeva, 28, died at the site of suspected hypothermia.
The case has sparked a call in Russia for an urgent ban on such online reality violence, which appears on internet sites without restrictions and can be viewed by children.
Reeflay – real name Stanislav Reshetnikov – reportedly kept his camera running, even when he realized that Valentina was “half dead” after being put on an open balcony.
He is then said to have carried her back to his rented house in the village of Ivanovka, near Moscow, and continued to film trying to revive her, but not.
In the video, which The Mirror has decided not to show, he was heard saying, “Valya, are you alive?
‘My rabbit, what’s wrong with you?
“Valya, Valya, damn you look like you’re dead.
‘Bunny, come on… tell me something. I worry. Damn … I don’t feel her heartbeat. “
He let his viewers know, “Guys … No pulse … She’s pale. She’s not breathing.”
The gruesome broadcast is said to have continued with his tens of thousands of followers, even when he called an ambulance.
He is heard saying: “Wake up, Valya, I love you, wake up.”
And it still went on when paramedics arrived and declared her dead.
The broadcast is believed to last for two more hours after she passed away.
In an earlier broadcast, he is accused of showering her with pepper spray.
Reeflay makes money by receiving online “donations” from its Russian and international audiences.
Feminist activist Liza Lazerson slammed YouTube for “banning the spread of nipples but showing scenes of violence and cruelty against women” without a hitch.
The woman dies on the air – and the public sends donations to the killer. This has to stop. “
She warned, “Videos like this are quietly broadcast around the world, which means something is broken.
“Until this is resolved, censorship is needed.”
Reshetnikov could face up to two years in prison if forensic experts prove his girlfriend died of hypothermia.
“Information will also be checked on possible illegal actions against the deceased by the young man in whose home the body was found,” said the Russian Commission of Inquiry.
The streamer was detained by the police who attended the scene and questioned about the broadcast and the woman’s death.
An “urgent” investigation is now underway to check whether other laws have been violated in the live broadcast.
YouTube has been contacted for comment.