Russia Wants to Protect You From Your Selfie

We’ve all had those moments when we’ve done some crazy shit to take an awesome selfie (that pic of you hanging off of scaffolding bars got 50 likes!). But apparently some people in Russia took their selfie game to a whole new level, a lethal one. Police in Russia have addressed the problem head on, releasing a “Safe Selfie” guide to educate people on the perils of attempting photography in high-risk situations.

The brochure pulls no punches, displaying incidents where selfie lovers have actually perished. The infographics include examples like taking a selfie with a loaded gun, in front of an on-coming train, and standing next to a wild animal. There’s even an image of someone taking a picture of themselves chillin’ on a rocket (#spaceselfie anyone?). The images may seem extreme, but the captions take it even further. They include some bleak warnings like, “a selfie with a weapon kills,” "a selfie on the railway tracks is a bad idea if you value your life,” and "a cool selfie could cost you your life.” If you live in Russia, you should probably stop commenting on photos with “killer selfie.”

The guide comes off a bit strong, bordering parody status with its prophecies of doom-and-gloom for all who use the front camera, but over the last year Russia has seen a rise of selfie-related deaths and injuries. Although there are some daredevils on Instagram who push the boundaries to get amazing photos, not everyone’s out to scale a building just for the ‘gram. It’s already enough effort figuring out what filter is cool enough to use. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Photo: Russia’s Interior Ministry

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