News reports from Russia indicate journalist Irina Slavina immolated herself earlier this week.
The stories infer that she cracked under the pressure of trying to be an anti-government reporter. One such suggestion comes from the Guardian, which states
Even if we accept this narrative, there seems no justification for Slavina’s decision. If she wanted to start a revolution, an attempt therefore to remind people of the Tunisian who immolated himself and was credited with starting the Arab Spring, then we can only speculate on whether such a revolution is possible.
Regardless of what prompted her action, remember that a husband is now a widow and a daughter no longer has a mother. That reality undermines whatever she was attempting to do.