Alexandr Chernikov

Russian stuntman sets self on fire and jumps off a building with a GoPro

Don't try this at home. Heck, don't try it in Russia, either.


Dylan Love

Internet Culture

Published Feb 8, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 2:31 pm CDT

Don’t ask why this guy did what he did; ask how on earth he survived it. For a guy who literally lights himself on fire and jumps off a 90-foot-tall roof to land in a snowbank, he seems to be reasonably OK at the end.

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He, of course, was later arrested for the dangerous act, but only after winning the applause of the small crowd who’d formed to watch his stunt. Oh, Russia.

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There are at least two videos of this worth watching: the view from the ground, and the much wilder first-person view that our jumper caught with his head-mounted GoPro. Here’s the view from the ground:

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And the madness captured by the stuntman’s own camera:

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You can watch the whole video from his perspective here

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Screengrab via Alexandr Chernikov/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 8, 2015, 11:55 am CST