As his followers promoted the violence online, a YouTuber streamed his girlfriend’s death, it is alleged.
Stanislav Reshetnikov allegedly pushed Valentina ‘Valya’ Grigoryeva, his pregnant victim, out in freezing temperatures onto the balcony of his Moscow apartment and kept broadcasting as she died. She may have succumbed to hypothermia, early reports say.
One of Reshetnikov’s internet followers had paid him $1,000 (about £740) to continue the vile treatment, according to one Russian news channel on Telegram.
Reshetnikov, who runs ReeFlay, a popular YouTube channel, has allegedly filmed himself previously assaulting Grigoryeva. He seemed to be pouring hot pepper sauce on her face in one infamous shot.
It is alleged that even after Grigoryeva lost consciousness and Reshetnikov pulled her back into the apartment, he kept broadcasting to his thousands of subscribers.
“Reshetnikov could be heard in the video saying: “Valya, are you alive?
“What’s up with you, my bunny?
Valya, Valya, darn it, you look as if you were gone.
Bunny, come on… say something to me. I’m nervous. Damn it… I don’t [feel] her pulse here.
Then he addressed his audience: “Guys…” There’s no pulse… She’s so pale. She doesn’t breathe.
After he called an ambulance, the reality broadcast continued.
Reshetnikov seemed at first to regret what he had done, blaming himself tearfully for the death of the 28-year-old woman.
While the stream went on though, he said, “What is there to regret?” I didn’t do anything, necessarily,” and he pointed out that he himself had called the ambulance.
There is some uncertainty about how long the sparsely dressed woman was locked on the freezing balcony outside, with some news outlets saying she had been out for “hours,” while one neighbor told Russian news channel RT that for a short time she had only been on the balcony.
Olga Vradiy, an official of the Investigative Committee of the Moscow region, told reporters that investigations have now begun to determine how the young woman died and whether anyone is criminally responsible.
Activist Liza Lazerson hit out on Youtube for removing clips that show women’s breasts but show “without problems” scenes of abuse and brutality towards women.
The woman will die on television, and the crowd will give donations to the murderer. This needs to end.
She warned: “Such videos are broadcast calmly throughout the world which means that something is broken.”
An “emergency” criminal investigation is now underway in the Russian capital.