A man identified as Vyacheslav M has killed his friend after discovering horrifying footage of him raping his young daughter.
According to foreign media reports, the 34-year-old father was out drinking with his child’s godfather, Oleg Sviridov, 32, in the village of Vintain in Russia’s Samara region.
He then discovered the footage, which allegedly depicted several children being abused – including his daughter.
Other sickening videos showed earlier violent rapes of other village girls, aged six and 11, it is alleged.
They indicated that the dead suspect had been abusing children for five years.
The dad immediately confronted Sviridov, who fled, say reports.
Vyacheslav then reported the rapes to police who launched a manhunt for Sviridov.
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But the distraught dad found the alleged paedophile first and stabbed him to death, according to police.
He claimed that Sviridov “stumbled on the knife during a quarrel” in a forest near the village.
The body of the alleged paedophile was found near the village on Thursday, more than a week after Vyacheslav had seen the abusive video.
The dad was detained and the case is under investigation.
Criminal cases have also been opened into the sexual abuse of three children filmed on Sviridov’s mobile.
Meanwhile, villagers and online commenters have demanded that Vyacheslav should not face a murder charge.
“He is not a murderer – he protected his daughter and our children too,” said one local.
“Everyone is on his side.”
Prominent TV journalist and former Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak told her followers: “All parents are standing up for the paedophile’s killer.”