Dad who killed paedo pal after making him dig grave for raping daughter is freed

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    A dad who forced his best friend to kill himself has been freed from jail after serving just six months of an 18-month sentence.

    Russia-native Vyacheslav (Slava) Matrosov, 35, was jailed for 18 months after he discovered the man had sexually abused his daughter

    He then forced child sex abuser Oleg Sviridov, 32, to dig his own grave in a forest and then kill himself.

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    The pair had a fight, which ended with Matrosov burying the pedo's corpse in the unmarked grave.

    Investigators concluded that Sviridov took his own life during the forest fracas in which Matrosov made clear his fury over the sex abuse.

    Sviridov had repeatedly sexually abused Matrosov’s daughter, who was aged just six at the time.

    But now, having been released from prison early, the father celebrated by posting a picture with his wife Natalya, 35, on social media alongside with the words: “Home. Love very much.”

    Matrosov was initially held on suspicion of murder but this triggered a public outcry in Russia.

    In April, he was convicted of “inciting” his friend “into suicide” by Krasnoglinsky Court in Samara, and sentenced to 18 months in a strict regime Russian penal colony, but now this term has been cut short.

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    The close friendship broke down when the father found sickening and graphic footage on his friend’s mobile showing Sviridov forcing his daughter to perform a sex act on him.

    The girl, now nine, was heard pleading: “Oleg, that's enough, I can't take it any more. I want to go home”.

    Matrosov, a former rocket engine factory worker, could have been jailed for 15 years if he had been charged with murder.

    There was a wave of public support in Samara region for Matrovov after he was linked to the killing of paedophile Sviridov, and the case was highlighted around the world.

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    Locals even raised money for his initial legal fees, and a petition signed by 2,500 people demanded that he should be fully acquitted.

    Prominent TV journalist and former Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak told her followers: “All parents are standing up for the paedophile’s killer.”

    Sources close to the case said that detailed forensic evidence showed that Matrosov had not stabbed Sviridov in a forest where the dead man’s body was found later in the makeshift grave.

    There are claims Sviridov was given an ultimatum to go to the police and confess to sexually abusing the girl, or face the father's wrath.

    A relative said Sviridov was seen badly beaten on the day in September 2021 he disappeared, more than a week before his body was found in the makeshift grave near Vintai village.

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