A RUSSIAN YouTuber was arrested following a sickening live broadcast in which his pregnant girlfriend DIED after he was paid to subject her to cruel abuse.
Egged on by his online audience, Stas Reeflay allegedly forced Valentina Grigoryeva out on a balcony in sub-zero weather wearing only her underwear.
Reeflay, 30, was paid $1,000 (£800) by a viewer to inflict the abuse on her during his live stream, according to a report by Baza media.
Valentina, 28 – who was in the early stages of pregnancy – died of hypothermia at his rented house in Ivanovka village, near Moscow.
Her shocking death has led to calls in Russia for an urgent ban on online “reality violence”, which appears unrestricted on YouTube and can be watched by children.
Reeflay – real name Stanislav Reshetnikov – kept the YouTube camera rolling even as he realised Valentina was “half dead”.
In footage too disturbing to show, he can be seen carrying her back inside and attempting to revive her.
He is heard saying: “Valya, are you alive? My bunny, what’s up with you?
“Valya, Valya, damn, you look like you are dead.
“Bunny, come on… tell me something. I’m worrying. Damn… I’m not feel her heartbeat.”
He then tells his viewers: “Guys… No pulse… She’s pale. She is not breathing.”
The horrific broadcast continued to his tens of thousands of followers even after he called an ambulance.
He is heard saying: “Wake up, Valya, I love you, wake up.”
And the camera was still live when paramedics arrived and pronounced her dead.
The broadcast continued for two hours after she had died, it is believed.
Reeflay makes money from online “donations” from his Russian and international audience.
In a previous broadcast he had showered Valentina with pepper spray.
A friend of the dead woman said his live streaming had been “full of cruelty” towards her.
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Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
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Reshetnikov was held by police who attended the scene, and was interrogated over the broadcast and his girlfriend’s death.
He faces up to two years in prison if forensic experts prove she died of hypothermia, say reports citing law enforcement.
“Information will also be checked about possible unlawful actions against the deceased by the young man in whose house the body was found,” said the Russian Investigative Committee.
An “urgent” investigation is now under way with checks on whether other laws were broken in the live broadcast.
Feminist activist Liza Lazerson hit out at YouTube for banning bare breasts but showing scenes of violence and cruelty against women “without problems”.
She said: “The woman dies on air – and the audience sends donations to the killer. This must stop.
“Such videos are calmly broadcast to the whole world, meaning something is broken.
“Until this is fixed, censorship is necessary.”
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