A 16-year-old Russian beauty vlogger claims that she was the victim of a cruel prank in which a man with a gun grabbed her in the street and pretended to shoot her.
Young YouTuber Katya Adushkina is a beauty blogger, owns her own cosmetics brand, and is also embarking on a career as a singer. In an emotional video she revealed that she'd been the victim of the cruel joke, which was filmed but has now been confiscated by the Moscow police.
She claims that the man approached her as she was walking home from the gym in the Russian capital. Katya believes that she was the subject of the attack because of her online fame.
The teenager has nearly five million subscribers on YouTube and over three million followers on Instagram.
She said: "This was the scariest moment of my life,
"There was a young man in a pink sweater next to the entrance of my block of flats.
"He asked me for direction to get to the metro station. I explained where to go and continued walking.
"He followed my every step which felt strange.
"I stopped. And he stopped as well, and I realised something was badly wrong."
She was right.
Katya continued: "I was just about to start running when he grabbed me. My coat and back pack fell on the ground. I started screaming and breaking out of his arms.
"I kept fighting and then he took out a gun, which sent me into deepest shock,
"I froze. To say I was scared is to underestimate what I felt in a very big way."
Despite the fact that the man had whispered to her that she wasn't about to be harmed, but she wasn't to know that.
She added: "He counted to three, as if in a countdown before shooting, but at "three" the gun didn't shoot."
Instead of shooting her, they gave her a bunch of flowers and sent her on her way.
As you'd imagine, once she got home her parents immediately called the coppers.
Katya claims that a group of seven men were behind the prank, which was blocked from reaching the internet by Katya.
Now, the police have confiscated the footage.
Katya said: "It turned out that it was a well-planned attack,
"I don't know any of these people, but they took great time to prepare it.
"There were seven young men with walkie-talkies who meticulously planned the attack.
"For the sake of YouTube likes they are ready to point a gun at someone."
"I am only 16, what have I done to deserve this? Dear God, even to think back about it is scary.
"You can't just grab someone and point a gun - and then start laughing and give flowers.
"If you want to prank a stranger, how can you know his or her emotional and psychological limits?
"Maybe for someone it's not scary to have a gun pointing at your face, but for some of us even seeing a stranger suddenly jumping at you is scary.
"What's next? What other things people will do for the sake of likes?'
"[It's] mean when people try to gain popularity at expense of others."
The Russian police are looking into her complaints.
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