Alexander Chechik is identified as the Russian man who died after posing for a selfie with a live grenade after accidentally pulling the pin out.
Alexander ’Sasha’ Chechik a 26 year old Russian man has died after posing for a picture with a hand grenade after taking the pin out.
The man’s death reported Russia’s Interfax came after Alexander Chechik sent an image to his friend showing himself holding the grenade moments before it detonated, killing him instantly.
Police say that he had sent several images to friends where he posed with the hand grenade, indicating the hapless man hadn’t intended to take his own life.
A graphic police picture shows the resulting carnage that followed, with police saying the man’s body had been shattered into two.
Moments earlier, Chechik’s friend had messaged him: ‘Where are you? Are you OK?’
He replied: ‘Depends on what OK is in your understanding?’
He sent a picture of the grenade in his hand – with the pin removed.
The friend told him: ‘Listen, don’t do stupid things. Where are you?’
Local media cited police saying the victim didn’t expect the grenade exploding as long as he didn’t throw it.
As he had also sent pictures to other friends, police have categorized his death as an accident not suicide, according to reports.
The dailymail reported the Russian Investigative Committee now probing the incident, citing official Natalia Smyatskaya.
The incident is believed to have occurred in the town of Labinsk, around 100 miles from Krasnodar where the victim was a resident, with the town close to the border of Georgia.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the victim came to find the grenade given Russia’s strict stricter firearms and weapons law. Authorities declined to answer what may have inspired the man in taking a selfie with the dangerous military device and how he arrived at the idea that it wasn’t dangerous.