Stanislav Reshetnyak was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years in Russian prison.
The Russian streamer left his girlfriend outside until she succumbed to hypothermia.
Content creators are taking part in dangerous stunts known as "trash streaming."
Stanislav Reshetnyak, a Russian streamer who goes by Stas Reeflay online, was sentenced to six years in prison after he appeared to force his girlfriend outside in the cold, where she died of hypothermia, The Moscow Times reported.
In the livestream of the incident from December 2020, which Insider obtained footage of, Reshetnyak's girlfriend Valentina Grigoryeva was only wearing underwear when she was seemingly forced onto the balcony. He later appeared to realize that she wasn't breathing and called medics, who told him that she died.
"My bunny, what's up with you?" Reshetnyak said while still streaming, after carrying Grigoryeva back inside, The Sun reported. "Guys... No pulse... She's pale. She is not breathing." After the stream, an "urgent investigation" began, according to The Mirror, and Reshetnyak was placed in custody.
According to The Moscow Times, the 30-year-old was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday by the Moscow region's Ramensky City Court. According to TASS, a state-owned media network in Russia, Reshetnyak will be sent to a "maximum security prison colony."
Though the creator was streaming on a different platform at the time, he had a presence on YouTube, where clips from the graphic stream continued to circulate. A YouTube spokeswoman told Insider in December, "We're shocked to learn of this tragic incident," and that "this kind of graphic content is not acceptable on YouTube."
Reshetnyak participated in the "trash streaming" trend, sometimes called "thrash streaming," that's become hugely popular online in Russia. According to The Sun, the "depraved nature of stunts" allows streamers to make money through donations and viewer interaction.
In March, a live stream on YouTube showed a woman being "drugged" and "sexually assaulted" in her home in Russia, The Sun and Russian media reported. A 60-year-old man in Russia died in February after reportedly drinking 1.5 liters of vodka during a stream, according to Russian outlets previously cited by Insider. These streams have caused Russian lawmakers to address the trend.
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