YouTube struggles to delete Stas Reeflay videos after he allegedly killed pregnant girlfriend on livestream
On December 3, 2020, a disturbing story took the social media news world by storm when YouTuber Stanislav Reshetnikov aka Stas Reeflay killed his pregnant girlfriend Valentina Grigoryeva after abusing her and locking her outside in sub-zero temperatures with just her underwear on.
According to reports, viewers paid amounts upto $1,000 to watch Valentina get abused, and now the online video-sharing platform is trying its best to make sure videos of Valentina's death by her Russian vlogging boyfriend are not on the site. Reeflay was arrested after he continued to livestream him dragging Valentina's body in and calling the ambulance, according to our earlier report.
TooFab revealed that the video was not originally streamed on the highly popular platform, but copies of the video were on YouTube by Friday, December 4. The publication further reported that a spokesperson told them in a statement, "We're shocked to learn of this tragic incident. This kind of graphic content is not acceptable on YouTube. Although the original live stream did not take place on YouTube, we quickly removed reuploads and terminated the associated account."
The publication also reported that one copy of the video sees Valentina in front of the computer with her boyfriend and another woman before she grabs a knife, threatens him and then falls offscreen. Apparently, Reeflay and the other woman attempted to "restrain her".
Reports of the video of Valentina's death have said that Reeflay brought Valentina in from the cold balcony, as she sported only undergarments, by her arm. In the process of trying to make her gain consciousness, he drank while she lay on the floor. Moments later he freaked out as he attempted to bring her back using CPR before he decided to call an ambulance — the live stream still on.
He can be heard saying in Russian, "Damn... I'm not feel her heartbeat. Guys... No pulse... She's pale. She is not breathing." The TooFab article also revealed that when medics arrived at the scene, they made "zero-effort" to help revive Valentina and had just proceeded to question Reeflay. The cause of death for Valentina is reportedly hypothermia.
The Mirror also reported that Reeflay's broadcast continues two hours after Valentina had died. Reeflay has been arrested for the death of Valentina, who had recently gotten pregnant and investigations have been launched on Reeflay's live streams and his girlfriend's death. It was also reported that Reeflay's faces up to 15 years if he is found guilty of the crime. Besides hypothermia, it was reported that Valentina had other injuries and bruises due to earlier beatings she had received.
Many reports since the incident have called out other videos by the disturbing YouTuber that involve a lot of violence, drinking and abuse. We had reported earlier that there are clips that show Valentina being pepper-sprayed and even being hit with plates of food along with binge drinking and slapping friends. The publication reported that a YouTube spokesperson told them that according to policy, videos as such are removed if it is not evident that they are fake.