The two were drinking when the father came across the disturbing video on the friend's phone.
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of child sexual abuse which the readers may find disturbing.
Dads and daughters share a very special bond; they would do just about anything to keep their babies safe and happy. So, when one father from Russia came across a video of his 8-year-old daughter being sexually assaulted by a man he called his friend, he couldn't control his rage.
34-year-old Vyacheslav M was reportedly drinking with his 32-year-old friend, Oleg Sviridov, one day when he happened to see the disturbing video of his daughter being abused.
Angered by the video, the father decided to confront his friend, but he ran away before Vyacheslav could do so. Immediately, he went to the police who launched a manhunt for Sviridov. But, before the cops could get him, Vyacheslav found him, and allegedly stabbed him to death.
Vyacheslav, who is a factory worker from Russia, claimed that the alleged rapist "stumbled on the knife during a quarrel" in a forest near the village. The father was eventually detained by the police.
According to the Australian news site, news.com.au, Sviridov used to babysit for the man's daughter on several occasions, which also meant that he had multiple chances to force himself on the child.
A Dad, M. Vyacheslav, found a video of his friend Oleg Sviridov, raping his 8 year old daughter. Vyacheslav killed Sviridov and was then arrested.— David Taylor 🏴 (@taylordauthor) September 5, 2021
SET HIM FREE#FreeVyacheslav pic.twitter.com/jx5TiogLvg
The cops also found videos of three more children being sexually abused by Sviridov.
People hailed him as a hero and voiced that he should not face murder charges for avenging his daughter's rapist. He only did what any father would do, they said.
"He is not a murderer — he protected his daughter and our children too. Everyone is on his side," said one person, according to New York Post. "All parents are standing up for the pedophile’s killer," said prominent television journalist and former Russian presidential candidate, Ksenia Sobchak. He was subsequently released from custody after his neighbors "collected the money" required for hiring a good lawyer.
The rapist's mother shared that her son and the victim's father were close friends. “I don’t know how it got to this,” she said. “He must have been drunk. Most likely he was drunk. They left their children with him all the time," she said of her son.
“When he babysat these girls he came back home as normal, in a good mood.”
Another person Anna Plekhanova said: “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 paedophile right on the spot. Protecting children is the direct responsibility of parents.”
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