Varvara Vlasova and Valeria Shirshova, film top floor building in Samara city

Riddle of the 'Death Squad' as child model, 12, and friend plunge from the Russian tower block

A child model and her friend, a talented rhythmic gymnast, both 12, died amid suspicions they were subscribed to an internet "death group" after falling from a Russian tower block.

Varvara Vlasova and Valeria Shirshova made a short film at the top of Samara City's 17-storey residential building.

A child model and her friend, a talented rhythmic gymnast, both 12, died amid suspicions they were subscribed to an internet "death group" after falling from a Russian tower block.

Varvara Vlasova and Valeria Shirshova made a short film at the top of Samara City's 17-storey residential building.

They were smiling, but one of them said, before laughing,' Nightmare.'

The girls were "wealthy" family classmates and were "excellent learners."

Varvara Vlasova, 12, was a model with a brother.
Varvara Vlasova, 12, was a model with a brother.

They dropped 170ft from the residential block where Varvara - a promising child model - lived after a day of attending school.

"Life media citing law enforcement indicated that the girls were in a group of social media that "set them duties.

Their parents thought this party was "affiliated with Harry Potter" and "harmless."

Detectives check their viewing patterns actively, reports claim.

Russia has experienced a spate of "suicides" among children and teenagers in recent years in which deaths are attributed to mysterious online groups pushing insecure young people to take their own lives.

"The girls' parents told the police the girls were on social networks in a certain group," Life reported.

"They were given some assignments there.

"But they thought it was harmless, according to the adults, so they did not attach importance to their daughter's hobby."

The so-called death groups work by preying on young people, setting up "tasks" that are becoming increasingly dangerous.

The parents of Varvara Vlasova, 12, believed that she was part of a Harry Potter-associated community.
The parents of Varvara Vlasova, 12, believed that she was part of a Harry Potter-associated community.

Major-General Alexey Moshkov, head of the Russian Ministry of the Interior's anti-computer crime K section, warned of thousands of online suicide groups.

Russia, detaining hundreds of masterminds, has tried to clamp down on the sinister pattern.

The ProGorod newspaper announced that "Varvara and Valeria were ready for this, and said goodbye to their classmates."

They had announced that "something would happen on February 9."

The girls are also known to have watched the famous Japanese anime "Death Note" manga series.

Following other deaths of young people, there have been strong calls to ban this anime in Russia.

"A friend told the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda: "We just can't understand what happened.

"The girls were beautiful and smart. They didn't have any issues.'