Russians take "killer" selfies, and the government wants to stop that with its latest campaign

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In Russia, you don't take a selfie, the selfie takes you. As any self-respecting YouTube digger knows, Russia is the source of weird, interesting, and insanely dangerous footage. 

It turns out that the Russian government is well aware of the dangerous activities that Russians engage in just for that extra kick when taking a selfie, as official statistics show that, in 2015, no less than 10 deaths and 100 injuries resulted from people's ambitions to take a next-level selfie. In response, the government's latest campaign sets a set of ground rules for safe selfies.

Russia's safe selfie campaign warns the population not to take selfies in potentially dangerous contexts, such as those involving firearms, big animals, antennas on rooftops, and, you know, stuff that might get you harmed or even killed.

According to The Guardian, the Russian government's latest campaign was triggered by the fact that a 21-year-old Russian accidentally shot herself in the head this past May while taking a selfie with a weapon. There are also reports of a couple of young men who pulled the pin from a grenade to enhance a selfie, which led to their premature deaths.

Unfortunately, dangerous selfies are not a thing only in Russia, meaning that this latest campaign can turn out to provide a set of globally-acceptable ground rules for safe selfies. Hopefully, this campaign will educate people not to take unnecessary risks for the simple purpose of Facebook bragging rights. 


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12 Comments

1. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Selfie-mania!

10. waddup121 unregistered

Melfie!

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

haha. This makes me wanna see Russian "Killer" Selfies

4. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Mafia+selfie = Melfie

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

ROFL..

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Great but dangerous for life. Could also be the last selfie of their life.

5. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Why even bother to warn idiots about them being idiots. Let them cease to be and release the resources for species with some brains in them.

6. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

hey, do you let the kids to do whatever harmful endeavour they are curious to do? perhaps not, right? no sane adult can simply let the kids to do any dangerous stuff... Similarly, government is trying to stop these "grown up kids" or immature people, not to do dangerous stuff just for the sake of show off. These type of folks are not going to get any gold medal or million dollar prize even if they succeed in taking dangerous selfie OR hundred of girls will not come to kiss them for such an endeaver... why to put life at stake just for creating momentary impression to get few WoW comments? no one is going to get impressed forever, everyone will forget in a moment

11. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

As someone who has been in Russia multiple times, I can tell you that taking selfies is one of the least "dangerous" things those people engage in during their free time. It's not the actual selfie that hurt/killed those people too, this campaign is stupid. Anyways, what happens in Russia, stays in Russia (usually.)

7. hafini_27

Posts: 945; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Selfie craze is the most annoying trend I have seen. Every time I travel, I have to dodge the stupid selfie sticks that point into infinity in every directions. Ppl just don't know how they are bugging others by taking so much space for their own convinence.

9. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

TIL how to spell selfie in Russian.

12. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Why would someone in their right mind point a loaded weapon at themself (atleast put a blank in it and fire it at a shooting range to make sure its a blank). and someone should remember to take the powder out of a grenade before pulling the pin. and all the other things people do are not even worth mentioning.

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