In an unusual move, the police released the man who confessed to killing his friend whom he accused of raping his young daughter
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A man accused of murdering a friend who he believed raped his eight-year-old daughter has been released by police.
The worker at the Vyacheslav rocket engine factory was drinking with his longtime friend Oleg Sviridov when he found videos of the alleged attacks on his cell phone.
Sviridov, 32, 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 34-year-old Vyacheslav reported the rapes to the police, he 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 was detained but was later released for two months and the case is under investigation.
Suspects who confess to killing are usually remanded, but many locals in the village of Vintai, Russia were against the charges against the father.
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.”