As his thousands of followers motivated the abuse online, a YouTuber streamed the death of his girlfriend.

Stanislav Reshetnikov allegedly forced his pregnant victim, Valentina “Valya” Grigoryeva, out onto the balcony of his Moscow apartment in freezing temperatures and kept broadcasting as she died. Early reports suggest that she may have succumbed to hypothermia.
According to one Russian news channel on Telegram, one of Reshetnikov’s online followers had paid him $1,000 (about £740) to continue the vile treatment.

Reshetnikov, who runs a popular YouTube channel called ReeFlay, has allegedly filmed himself abusing Grigoryeva before. In one notorious clip he appeared to poured hot pepper sauce on her face.

Reshetniak known as ReeFlay, is a popular YouTuber in his native Russia (Image: VK.com)

Even after Grigoryeva lost consciousness and Reshetnikov had dragged her back into the apartment, he continued to broadcast to his thousands of subscribers, it is alleged.

On the video, Reshetnikov could be 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 [feeling] her heartbeat.”

Grigoryeva was in the early stages of pregnancy at the time of her death (Image: MK)

The reality broadcast continued after he called an ambulance.

At first Reshetnikov appeared to regret what he had done, tearfully blaming himself for the 28-year-old woman’s death.

Reshetniak refused to end the live stream, despite requests from authorities

There’s some confusion about how long the scantily-clad woman was locked outside on the freezing balcony, with some news reports claiming that she had been outside for “hours” while one neighbour told Russian news channel RT that she had only been on the balcony for a short time.

Olga Vradiy, an official at the Moscow region Investigative Committee, told reporters that inquiries have now begun to determine how the young woman died and whether anyone is criminally liable.

Activist Liza Lazerson hit out at Youtube for banning clips showing women’s nipples but showing scenes of violence and cruelty against women “without problems”.

“The woman dies on air – and the audience sends donations to the killer. This must stop.”

She warned: “Such videos are calmly broadcast to the whole world, meaning something is broken.

An “urgent” criminal investigation is now under way in the Russian capital.