Desperate father Vyacheslav M is accused of stabbing his friend Oleg Sviridov after allegedly finding videos of his daughter being molested by his mate
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A father accused of killing a suspected pedophile for raping his eight-year-old daughter shouldn’t be charged with murder, locals said.
Rocket engine factory worker Vyacheslav M, 34, was drinking with his longtime friend Oleg Sviridov, 32, near their home in the village of Vintai in the Samara region of Russia when he found videos of the alleged attacks on his cell phone.
Sviridov was the godfather of the now nine-year-old girl and had looked after her alone several times.
After being confronted by Vyacheslav about the videos, Sviridov fled.
After reporting the rapes to the police, Vyacheslav started his own search, found Sviridov and is said to have stabbed him to death.
Police say the distraught father confessed to killing Sviridov, but said he “stumbled over the knife” in a forest near the village.
The alleged pedophile’s body was found near the village on Thursday, more than a week after Vyacheslav saw the offensive video.
Vyacheslav has been arrested and the case is under investigation.
Police said Sviridov’s phone had multiple videos showing him abusing other girls aged six and eleven.
Criminal proceedings have also been opened for the sexual abuse of children found on Sviridov’s phone.
Sviridov’s mother said that her son was often a babysitter for Vyacheslav’s children, and the couple had long been friends.
She said, “I don’t know how it came about. He must have been drunk. Most likely he was drunk.
“They left their children with him all the time. When he looked after these girls, he came back home normal and in a good mood. “
But villagers and people across Russia have demanded that Vyacheslav not be charged with murder.
“He’s not a murderer – he protected his daughter and our children too,” said a local.
“Everyone is on his side.”
Prominent television journalist and former Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak told her followers: “All parents stand up for the pedophile’s killer.”