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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.