A YouTuber was streaming his girlfriend’s death while followers encouraged the abuse online, it is alleged.
Stanislav Reshetnikov is said to have forced his pregnant victim, Valentina “Valya” Grigoryeva, to the balcony of his Moscow apartment in freezing temperatures and continued to broadcast while she died. Early reports suggest she may have succumbed to hypothermia.
According to a Russian news channel on Telegram, one of Reshetnikov’s online followers had paid him $ 1,000 (about £ 740) to continue the mean treatment.
Reshetnikov, who runs the popular YouTube channel ReeFlay, is said to have previously filmed himself abusing Grigoryeva. In one infamous video, he appeared to be pouring hot pepper sauce over her face.
Even after Grigoryeva lost consciousness and Reshetnikov dragged her back into the apartment, he continued to broadcast to his thousands of subscribers, it is said.
On the video, Reshetnikov could be heard saying, “Valya, are you still 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’m not [feeling] her heartbeat. “
He then said to his viewers, “Guys … No pulse … She’s pale. She’s not breathing.”
The reality broadcast continued after he called an ambulance.
Initially, Reshetnikov seemed to regret what he had done and tearfully blamed himself for the death of the 28-year-old woman.
But as the flow went on, he said, “What is there to regret? I actually didn’t do anything ”, and pointed out that he had called the ambulance himself.
There has been some confusion as to how long the scantily clad woman was locked outside on the freezing balcony, with some news reports claiming she had been outside for ‘hours’ while a neighbor told Russian news channel RT that she had only been on the balcony a short time.
Olga Vradiy, an official with the Moscow Region Commission of Inquiry, told reporters that investigations have now begun to determine how the young woman died and whether anyone is criminally liable.
Activist Liza Lazerson slammed YouTube for banning clips featuring women’s nipples, but 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.
An “urgent” criminal investigation is currently underway in the Russian capital.
If you have had to deal with domestic violence or compulsory control, you can call Refuge24-hour national domestic abuse helpline toll-free. The number is 0808 2000247