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      'Don't take selfies with a gun or while standing in front of a lion'...

      Russia issues selfie guidelines after dozens die taking self-portraits | Daily Mail Online
      'Don't take selfies with a gun or while standing in front of a lion': Russia issues guidelines for people after dozens die taking self-portraits this year alone


      • Interior ministry launch safer selfie leaflet, video and web campaign
      • The campaign in Russia warns that 'a cool selfie could cost you your life'
      • Comes after highly hazardous poses caused a string of deaths and injuries


      It has rapidly become the favourite pastime of people all over the world, but following a spate of deaths Russia has issued a hilarious set of guidelines for taking safer selfies.

      Among the advice is not taking a self portrait with a gun or posing alone in front of a lion.

      In its new leaflet, video and web campaign Russia's interior ministry uses road sign style-images to warn that taking 'a cool selfie could cost you your life.'

      The push comes after a string of high hazard poses has caused around 100 people to end up in hospital and a succession of deaths already this year.

      'Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing,' said Yelena Alexeyeva, an aide to the interior minister.

      'Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure.'

      The warning comes after a 21-year-old woman in Moscow accidentally shot herself in the head in May while taking a selfie while holding a pistol. She suffered head injuries but survived.

      That was just one in a string of recent selfie-related accidents.

      In January, two young men blew themselves up in the Urals while taking a selfie holding a hand grenade with the pin pulled out. The cell phone with the selfie survived as a record.





      In May, a teenager in the Ryazan region died while attempting to take a selfie as he climbed on a railway bridge and accidentally came into contact with live wires.

      Xenia Ignatyeva, 17, plunged 30 feet to her death in April last year, as she climbed on a railway bridge to take a selfie in in Saint Petersburg.
      The keen amateur photographer was was electrocuted when she grabbed a live wire to try and stop her falling.

      In one of the images a figure holding a selfie sticks wanders on a rail line.

      'A selfie on the railway tracks is a bad idea if you value your life,' the leaflet says.

      In another of the warning signs a figure clambers on an electricity pylon, while taking a selfie.

      The ministry has also created a public safety video.

      It includes images shot by Russia's youth subculture of 'roofers' - who illicitly sneak into high-rise buildings and snap themselves on the top, their photos often going viral on social networking sites.

      'Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of 'likes' could lead him on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous,' Alexeyeva warned.



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      Re: 'Don't take selfies with a gun or while standing in front of a lion'...

      Ah, improvements in the gene pool again.

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      Re: 'Don't take selfies with a gun or while standing in front of a lion'...

      I did wonder just how many of those stories had been submitted to the Darwin Awards.

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