This is the moment a little boy makes himself the target of a police hunt by putting out an eternal flame war memorial with a snowball.
Police are now trying to identify the boy and his mum after the incident was caught on CCTV cameras in the city of Nizhny Tagil in central Russia’s Sverdlovsk Oblast region.
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The footage shows the youngster, who looks about eight years old, playing in the snow while out in the city with his mother.
She turns her back on the youngster and walks off, expecting him to follow her but the boy has just rolled a snowball and has ideas of his own.
He wanders over to the eternal flame and carefully throws the ball of ice right in the middle, putting out the flame.
A huge cloud of steam is seen rising from the war memorial as the youngster turns around and runs after his mother.
The video was later shared on social media where it sparked a lively debate with some viewers outraged and others finding it amusing.
And the incident has now reached the attention of the local police who are trying to identify the boy and his mother.
Although the boy is clearly under the age of criminality – which is 14 in Russia – his mother could be held responsible for his actions.
She could be charged with hooliganism and technically could face a heavy fine or even a jail term.
Psychologist Olga Serebrovskaya told local media: “In this case you can’t lay the blame on the child.
“A boy of eight or nine could not tell an eternal flame from a bonfire. He is just curious to know how much ice it takes
to put it out.”
Netizen ‘Igor’ commented: “They are trying to identify the child? I am crying! What you are going to do with him? He did not break anything.”
‘Margarita’ said: “OK, the kid did not understand what he did, but where was the mother?”, while ‘Galin’ joked: “That means the flame was not really eternal.”
The eternal flame in Nizhny Tagil burns in tribute to those who gave their lives in the Great Patriotic War, as World War II is known in Russia.