A RUSSIAN YouTuber who killed his girlfriend in a sickening live stream as viewers watched has been jailed.
Stas Reeflay who used the name Stanislav Reshetnikov, 30, was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm resulting in death sentenced to six years in a strict penal colony by a Russian court.
Valentina Grigoryeva 28, was subjected to live online abuse and died of head injuries.
Bullying Reshetnikov, 30, was paid by watchers to inflict verbal and physical violence on her in the streaming session in which she died.
As he went into court in Moscow, his mother Elena Reshetnyak was seen kissing him.
When he emerged flanked by armed officers to start his sentence, he appeared in tears.
In the live stream he had labelled Grigoryeva a “prostitute” and “smelly”.
First reports say she died from being locked outside near naked in subzero temperatures – seen live by punters on YouTube and other platforms.
But later forensic experts concluded a head injury was the cause of death.
When Reshetnikov allowed her back in it was clear to viewers that she appeared dead, and one called emergency services.
Her corpse had “craniocerebral trauma” and “multiple bruising on the face and haemorrhaging of soft tissues”.
ReeFlay “testified that on the day in question he hit the deceased several times on the head,” said a law enforcement source.
He admitted beating her.
Initial reports that she was pregnant were later denied.
Psychological and psychiatric examinations of the streamer found him to be “sane” and fit to face trial .
He was convicted of “intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm, dangerous to human life, committed with the use of an object used as a weapon, resulting in the death of the victim by negligence”.
His mother, brothers and sister attended his trial.
They were described by NTV as being “in a very subdued mood, and refusing to talk to the media”.
His mother, a sales manager, had said earlier that her son ‘wouldn’t hurt a kitten” and was “very kind”.
Leading Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov has called for specific legal punishments for “trash streams” highlighting cruelty.
He has called for six year jail sentences in the worst cases, and tough fines.
“This is becoming more and more widespread, so it is necessary to legislatively respond to this form of activity,” he said.
“Naturally, if we are talking about direct participation or complicity in murder, then the imprisonment term may be longer.”
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.”
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.”
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
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.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available. from 10am to noon.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
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.
Reshetnikov was held by police who attended the scene, and was interrogated over the broadcast and his girlfriend’s death.
Feminist activist Liza Lazerson hit out at YouTube for banning bare breasts but showing scenes of violence and cruelty against women “without problems”.
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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.”