Russian Influencer Sentenced to Prison for Starving Infant Son on Vegan 'Prana' Diet

Russian influencer jailed for starving infant son to death, highlighting dangers of extreme diets and influence of social media personalities promoting harmful beliefs.

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Russian Influencer Sentenced to Prison for Starving Infant Son on Vegan 'Prana' Diet

Russian Influencer Sentenced to Prison for Starving Infant Son on Vegan 'Prana' Diet

In a shocking case of child abuse, a Russian lifestyle blogger and influencer named Maxim Lyutyi has been sentenced to 8 years in prison for starving his one-month-old son Kosmos to death. The incident occurred in the city of Sochi, where Lyutyi and his wife Oksana Mironova subjected their newborn baby to a strict vegan diet known as 'prana', believing it would grant the infant superhuman abilities.

According to relatives, Lyutyi refused to allow Mironova to take the baby to a maternity hospital after birth and instead insisted on keeping Kosmos on a diet that consisted solely of exposing him to sunlight, which Lyutyi believed would provide nourishment. By the time the severely malnourished infant, measuring only 3.5 pounds, was finally taken to the hospital by his father, it was too late. Kosmos tragically died of malnutrition and pneumonia.

Both parents were arrested following the baby's death, with Lyutyi eventually being convicted of 'intentional infliction of serious bodily harm.' Mironova's cousin Olesya Nikolayeva stated that Lyutyi had forced them not to feed the baby, insisting that the sun would provide all necessary sustenance. Mironova's mother also expressed regret, saying she had warned her daughter about Lyutyi's extreme beliefs but her concerns went unheeded.

Why this matters: This disturbing case highlights the dangers of extreme diets and the importance of proper nutrition for infants. It also raises questions about the influence of social media personalities who promote unconventional and potentially harmful lifestyle choices to their followers.

The court's decision to sentence Lyutyi to a lengthy prison term sends a strong message that child abuse and neglect will not be tolerated. One relative claimed Lyutyi's goal was to raise his son as "a man who only eats the sun," underscoring the extent of his misguided beliefs. The tragic death of baby Kosmos serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences that can result when pseudoscience and misinformation are prioritized over the well-being of vulnerable children.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian influencer Maxim Lyutyi jailed for starving his son to death on a 'prana' diet.
  • Lyutyi refused medical care, believing sunlight alone could nourish the newborn baby Kosmos.
  • Kosmos died of malnutrition and pneumonia at just 3.5 pounds after 1 month.
  • Both parents were arrested, with Lyutyi convicted of 'intentional infliction of serious bodily harm'.
  • Case highlights dangers of extreme diets and influence of social media personalities on vulnerable followers.