Russian Lifestyle Blogger Sentenced to 8 Years for Starving Newborn Son to Death

Russian lifestyle blogger sentenced to 8 years for starving newborn son to death, highlighting dangers of extreme diets and influence of social media misinformation.

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Russian Lifestyle Blogger Sentenced to 8 Years for Starving Newborn Son to Death

Russian Lifestyle Blogger Sentenced to 8 Years for Starving Newborn Son to Death

Maxim Lyutyi, a 44-year-old Russian lifestyle blogger, has been sentenced to 8 years in a high-security penal colony for the death of his newborn son, Cosmos. Lyutyi and his partner, Oxana Mironova, 34, failed to properly feed the baby, who died from pneumonia and emaciation at less than one month old.

The court found Lyutyi guilty of intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm on Cosmos by insisting the baby be nourished mainly on sunlight, a diet known as 'prana-eating'. Lyutyi had prohibited Mironova from breastfeeding and providing the baby with proper food, leaving the child severely malnourished. Despite signs of the baby's deteriorating health, the parents denied him medical treatment until it was too late.

Lyutyi initially tried to blame Mironova, who received a non-custodial sentence of two years of correctional labor. However, Lyutyi admitted his guilt in court, saying he would have immediately sought medical attention if he had known the baby was born prematurely . The court was told Lyutyi wanted to 'experiment' on the child and 'advertise' his prana-eating philosophy.

Why this matters: This tragic 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 and the spread of misinformation online.

Lyutyi's controversial beliefs in minimal diets and consuming only sunlight were a key factor in the baby's death. The court fined Lyutyi £860 as part of his sentence. During his imprisonment, Lyutyi has abandoned his previous beliefs, including his stance on consuming meat.

Key Takeaways

  • Russian blogger Maxim Lyutyi sentenced to 8 years for starving newborn son to death
  • Lyutyi insisted on feeding baby only sunlight, prohibited breastfeeding, denied medical care
  • Lyutyi's partner Oxana Mironova received 2 years of correctional labor
  • Lyutyi admitted guilt, claimed he didn't know baby was premature
  • Case highlights dangers of extreme diets and misinformation on social media