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Social media users take selfies with dead bodies to win cash in contest

By Mason White 10:07 AM August 19, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
Police in Russia, are investigating a new Internet craze in which people take selfies with corpses of dead people.

The craze began after a group on social media site VK, offered money to the best photo with a deceased person.

People are encouraged to smile as they pose for selfies with dead people because the “deceased has gone to a better place.”

Many people have uploaded photos of themselves standing next to a corpse, and the photos have gone viral. The main administrator of the social media site, who was identified as Alfred Polyakov, describes himself as a 28-year-old university professor.

Polyakov gives money to the best photos. People can win cash prizes of 1,000 to 5,000 ruble ($15 to $75).

The community which has 500 users, caught the attention of law enforcement after someone won $75 for uploading a photo with the body of a 13-year-old girl from Syktyvkar.

She died in a car accident, a police spokesperson said.

The community site is full of photos of people posing with corpses at funeral homes.

“We created the group to change the attitude toward death,” Polyakov said. “Death is the start of a new life,” he added.