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Woman Sets Herself Alight To Protest Court Ruling

Woman Sets Herself Alight To Protest Court Ruling

Astonishing video footage of a woman setting fire to herself after she is told she is going to lose her house has become a bizarre internet hit in Russia.

Distressed Lidya Filkina, 60, was at home being read the judges' decision telling her she was to lose her house to debt collectors in the Russian capital Moscow when she left and went into the kitchen, leaving the official talking to the rest of her family.

She returned just a few seconds later with her chest and face ablaze and screaming in agony.

The video shot on her home's own CCTV camera shows her then running back through the house as her desperate family try to put out the flames.

At first, the confused official continues to read the court's verdict before he too joins in the bid to extinguish the blaze.

Police spokesman Hleb Pirogov said: "The victim is in a hospital burns unit where she continues to be treated.

"She suffered severe burns to 15 percent of her body."

He added: "She was obviously very upset at the news she was receiving.

"We are talking to members of her family about what was said and done and reviewing the CCTV footage to establish the details."

Russia's Federal Bailiff Service has also launched an inquiry into the incident.

Spokesman Roman Bobrov said: "When people receive bad news from our agents, they often react emotionally but this was an extreme example.

"We're very sorry about her response, and we will be looking at what we did to see how this happened and what we can do better."

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