Take Safe Selfies

unnamedThe selfie situation in Russia is even more dire than in the United States. In response to a number of deaths the Russian Interior Ministry has released Take Safe Selfies. (English translation above).

  • A teenager from the Ryazan district wanted to take a picture of himself on the rails and got caught on an electric wire. The shock made him fall off the bridge; he died on the way to the hospital.
  • A 21-year-old Moscow woman accidentally shot herself in the head with a non-lethal pistol, as she tried to take a striking selfie.
  • A 9th grade student from Moscow died while taking a selfie. He grabbed live high-voltage power lines.

The Russian brochure also warns against taking selfies while driving and boating, when on the roof, while climbing stairs, with animals, and when standing in front of an oncoming car or train.

For more on the Russian Interior Ministry’s warning, see The Russian Federation’s Guide to Taking Safer Selfies [English],  Save a Comrade’s Life With Russia’s Official Guide to Selfie Safety, and Russian Selfies Brochure.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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