his really does take the selfie craze to a sick new level.
People appear to be taking photos of themselves with dead bodies, and entering them into an online competition to win cash prizes.
One person who entered the ‘Selfie with the Deceased’ competition recently won £50 for posing up with a 13-year-old girl who had been killed in a car crash.
Winners are offered between £10 and £50 for the ‘best pictures’ by the group on Russian social media site VK (warning link contains graphic images), according to rules listed on the site.
Organisers claim people should ‘smile’ in the photos because the person has ‘gone to a better place’.
The fad is now being investigated by police, spokesman Alexander Shidyusov said.
‘We are working to elucidate the circumstances surrounding these reports and trying to determine whether one individual or a group of people are behind this.’
The online community, which was still on the internet at the time of publishing, now has more than 500 members although the community’s main administrator Alfred Polyakov has been blocked for ‘suspicious activity’.
Polyakov, who started the group one month ago, is described as a 28-year-old university professor from Donetsk.
‘We created the group to change popular attitudes toward death,’ he said.