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YouTuber arrested after his girlfriend reportedly dies during a livestream

Russian YouTuber Stas Reeflay allegedly locked his pregnant girlfriend outside in sub-zero temperatures

A Russian YouTuber that goes by Stas Reeflay – real name Stanislav Reshetnikov – has been arrested after livestreaming his pregnant girlfriend’s death. Reeflay had locked his girlfriend, Valentina Grigoryeva, out of the house in freezing weather wearing only her underwear, report Russian news outlets including Lenta and Baza (via Insider).

The 30-year-old continued to stream and talk to viewers when he found her unresponsive, and when paramedics seemingly entered the house to find her body. Grigoryeva, who was 28, died at the scene of suspected hypothermia.

Previous clips also show Reeflay using pepper spray on Grigoryeva, according to The Sun, in what has been described as a “campaign of violence and abuse”. Russian authorities have reported signs of beatings on her body.

As reported by Insider, the streamer wasn’t eligible to earn money from YouTube at the time of the stream, and has been banned from Twitch since 2018. He did, however, receive a $1,000 (£740) donation in connection with the incident, via the donation platform DonatePay. 

It’s unclear what platform the livestream originally appeared on, though Lenta says it occurred on the morning of December 2. Video of Grigoryeva’s death has since continued to surface on YouTube and TikTok, with both stating that they are working to take down clips. Reuploaded videos still appear on YouTube, as of Tuesday (December 8).

Reeflay was arrested by officers at the scene and has since been interrogated over the death and its live broadcasting. An “urgent” investigation is now underway, which will also consider whether other laws were breached during the stream. If it’s proven that Grigoryeva died of hypothermia, the YouTuber currently faces a maximum of two years in prison, according to reports cited by the Mirror.