Anton Brieszov was trapped in the lion’s enclosure of Moscow Zoo when the ladder he climbed down to retrieve a toy dropped by his child toppled over. He managed to outrun the lions and climb to safety. He then jumped into a moat surrounding the enclosure and, being a non-swimmer, drowned.
Olga Gaikovich, a 29-year-old of Syktyvkar, Russia, was killed when a lone brick came loose from an oncoming truck and crashed through the windshield of the vehicle, striking her in the head. The incident, occurring in the Rostov region, was captured on a dash-cam mounted in the vehicle.
An unnamed woman from Chechnya, Russia, intended to detonate a suicide belt near Red Square on New Year’s Eve, in an attack that could have killed hundreds. But a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received hours before the planned attack, triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house.
Sergey Tuganov, a 28-year-old Russian, bet two women that he could continuously have sex with them both for twelve hours. Several minutes after winning the $4,300 bet, he suffered a fatal heart attack, apparently due to having ingested an entire bottle of Viagra just after accepting the bet.
Two married police officers from Saratov region, Russia, drowned in feces. A 35-year-old officer whose name was withheld, was repairing the sewer system in his house in the village of Tarkhany. While working, he busted a hole in the 4-meter-deep cesspool, but then suffocated from the fumes rising from it. His wife, who was also a police officer, tried to pull him out, but fainted from of the fumes, fell into the cesspool and drowned.
An unnamed Russian man, 35, from Blagoveshchensk died after burying himself alive. According to his friend, the man wanted to test his “endurance”. The two men dug a hole in the garden and put inside an improvised coffin with holes for air pipes. The man also took a blanket, a bottle of water and a cell phone.
The victim’s friend told investigators he covered the hole with planks and earth to a depth of around 20 centimeters and then went home, after receiving a phone call from his friend telling him he was fine. The next morning, he found his friend dead.
Police speculated that overnight rain could have blocked the air supply to the coffin.
One year before, a resident of the northern Vologda region died after he asked a friend to bury him in the forest in an attempt to lose his fear of death and was crushed by the earth.
A Russian who believed he was immortal after surviving a 10,000-volt electric shock in 1992 died after drinking antifreeze. Dmitry Butakov, 42, invited journalists to Lipetsk to watch him survive the feat, but after his second half litre he collapsed into a coma and later died.