Locals believe the man should not face murder charges.
Trigger Warning: This article contains details of violence and child abuse that may be distressing to readers.
A man was filled with rage after he allegedly discovered that his friend had been abusing his 8-year-old daughter. Oleg Sviridov, 32, had allegedly been abusing multiple children in Vintai village in Russia's Samara region and saved videos of the abuse on his phone. Police say the videos show that the man had been abusing children in the area for years. His friend Vyacheslav M, 34, was having a drink with him when he saw the film of Sviridov raping his own 8-year-old child. Vyacheslav was shocked as he considered Sviridov a close friend. He was close with the family and even babysat his daughter on several occasions. Sviridov fled from the scene soon after Vyacheslav confronted him.
Russian father who killed ‘paedophile’ friend is released from custody https://t.co/2lGJlVy0Jw— USA News Lab (@USNewsLabOnline) September 6, 2021
Rocket engine factory worker Vyacheslav reported the abuse to local police who began a manhunt. But before officials could get to him, it seemed that the distraught father took it upon himself to find the pedophile and bring him to justice. Vyacheslav found the alleged pedophile and stabbed him to death. However, he later explained to police that Sviridov had "stumbled on the knife during a quarrel" in a forest near the village, purporting that he had not intentionally murdered him with the blade, reports the Daily Mail. The alleged pedophile's body was discovered more than a week after Vyacheslav had seen the disturbing video. The father has been detained and an investigation followed suit. More criminal cases have opened up after police discovered videos of three other children who were filmed on Sviridov's mobile. Cops say the man's phone contained graphic, disturbing images of violent rapes of other village girls, aged six and 11. It is believed that the man had been abusing children for five years.
Russian father who killed 'paedophile' friend after finding footage of him 'raping his eight-year-old girl' should not face murder charge https://t.co/B9Aq3xhB1m— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 3, 2021
The incident has stirred up a lot of emotion amongst the local people as well as people online. Sviridov's own mother responded to the harrowing story of her son and said that he had often been a babysitter for Vyacheslav's children and the two men had been long-time friends. Speaking of his alleged crimes, she said, I don't know how it got to this. He must have been drunk. Most likely he was drunk. They left their children with him all the time. When he baby-sat these girls he came back home as normal, in a good mood."Many believe that the father should not face murder charges for killing the alleged perpetrator. "He is not a murderer - he protected his daughter and our children too," said one local. "Everyone is on his side."
Crime of passion ...it was a direct attack on his daughter and evidence to prove the guy committed the offence ...so no he should not be imprisoned for it.— Natalie White (@Natalie77338900) September 3, 2021
Popular TV journalist and former Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak told her followers, "All parents are standing up for the pedophile's killer." Another commenter Anna Plekhanova questioned, "If the crime is proven by video facts, then is the girl's father wrong? Any normal parent, mother or father, would have torn apart such a pedophile right on the spot. Protecting children is the direct responsibility of parents. Yulia Salinder added, "It's good that he killed the bastard because our law would have put him in jail for only eight years - or even less - and he would be out again." Vladimir Novikov shared, 'It is necessary to introduce the death penalty for pedophiles or we will see the lynching of non-humans." Svetlana Katargina commented, "The father can be understood. Such wild creatures have no place in this world and pedophilia cannot be cured. Perpetrators get out of jail and start to rape children again."
A recent report states that the father has been released from custody amid calls not to charge him with murder.