28-year-old Valentina "Valya" Grigoryeva died of "head injuries" which were caused by her "trash vlogger" boyfriend ReeFlay.
Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic details of abuse and murder that may be disturbing to some readers.
A young YouTuber whose girlfriend was died in a repulsive live stream has been sentenced to prison after having caused her death. 28-year-old Valentina "Valya" Grigoryeva died of "head injuries" caused by her boyfriend trash vlogger ReeFlay who subjected her online "abuse." The 30-year-old, who goes by the name Stanislav Reshetnikov, was convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm which resulted in Grigoryeva's death. A Russian court sentenced him to six years in a strict penal colony for his heartless crimes. According to the Daily Mail, Reshetnikov used to be paid by viewers to inflict physical and verbal violence on Grigoryeva in online streaming sessions. But during one such session, the injuries turned out to be fatal for the woman.
Russian YouTuber Stanislav Reshetnikov streamed his naked, pregnant girlfriend's death after a viewer offered $1,000 to watch him force her outside into freezing temps. Reports are saying he faces two years in prison, which makes no sense? Do they not call it murder in Russia? pic.twitter.com/eNISOayMIH— Twisted History (@twistedhistory) December 4, 2020
The controversial live stream that ended in Grigoryeva's death showed Reshetnikov calling the deceased a "prostitute," and describing her as "smelly." The video, who was streamed in his home in Moscow, was broadcasted to tens and thousands of followers. Reshetnikov hurled abuse at the victim before attacking her physically. Then he dragged her onto a balcony and left her there for some time. Initially, it was reported that Grigoryeva froze to death after being locked outside in a near-naked state in subzero temperatures as viewers saw it on YouTube and other streaming platforms. When Reshetnikov allowed the girl back instead, she appeared to be dead.
"Guys... No pulse... She’s pale. She is not breathing," Reshetnikov was heard saying after he brought Grigoryeva inside, per Mirror. One concerned viewer immediately called the emergency services for help after seeing her in a lifeless state. However, following an examination by forensic experts, it was revealed that she died due to a head injury. She had suffered "craniocerebral trauma" and had "multiple bruising on the face and hemorrhaging of soft tissues." It was also claimed that Grigoryeva was pregnant at the time of her death, but it was later denied. During a police interview, Reshetnikov "testified that on the day in question he hit the deceased several times on the head." He also admitted to "beating her" regularly, according to Toronto Sun.
Russian YouTuber Stanislav Reshetnikov Allegedly Paid to Livestream Girlfriend's Abuse https://t.co/MgntUysPn2— †Jordan From ∆frica† (@MrOrigin) December 5, 2020
A few psychiatric and psychological examinations found that the streamer was "sane" and fit to face trial. He was then 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." The trial was attended by his mother, sister, and brothers, who were described to be "in a very subdued mood, and refusing to talk to the media." Reshetnikov's mother, who is a sales manager, couldn't believe that her son had committed such a horrendous crime as she previously stated that he "wouldn't hurt a kitten" as he was "very kind." As for the vlogger, he was seen sobbing as he was shown out of court to serve his sentence in a penal colony.
Valentia Grigoryeva died on Wednesday after her YouTuber boyfriend Stanislav Reshetnikov locked her out on a balcony in freezing temperatures with clothing. https://t.co/IiGlAXot6P— IBTimes SG (@IBTimesSG) December 19, 2020
Leading Russian senator Aleksey Pushkov pointed out the cruel trend of "trash streamers," and called for specific legal punishments to be levied for those who indulge in this sick activity. (Trash streaming is a sickening sub-culture in Russia where YouTubers are paid money by viewers to see them assaulting, torturing, and even sexualization of young girls. It often involves murder.) For worst-case scenarios he wanted the punishment to be six years of imprisonment, along with punitive fines. Pushkov also noted how the barbaric practice was becoming popular among young people. "This is becoming more and more widespread, so it is necessary to legislatively respond to this form of activity," he explained. "Naturally, if we are talking about direct participation or complicity in murder, then the imprisonment term may be longer."