Russian government starts "safe selfie" campaign

There were "at least" 10 deaths and 100 injuries resulting from folks trying to get the perfect shot last year.

A group of Russians taking selfies with a selfie stick.

If you've spent time on YouTube, and the internet generally, browsing for Russian dash cam or parkour videos, you know that the country's people can take life to the limit.

That devil-may-care attitude also extends to how they take selfies. According to sources, since there were "at least" 10 deaths and 100 injuries resulting from folks trying to get the perfect shot last year, the Russian government has issued a set of rules for safe self-photography.

Reports reveal that there's a leaflet's going around advising people to not take photos with weapons, big animals, hanging from antennas on rooftops or in front of rail transport, among other situations.

According to The Guardian, the guidelines are the result of a 21-year-old female accidentally shooting herself in the head (non-fatally) while posing with a gun this past May.

Furthermore, the report tells of a pair of young men pulling the pin on a grenade for a photo. Only the photo survived.

You'd think this would be pretty common sense stuff that shouldn't be hard to follow, but a Google image search for proves otherwise - hopefully the federal campaign can change that.


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