A DAD detained for killing a paedophile who allegedly raping his eight-year daughter has been hailed a hero.
The 34-year-old Rocket factory worker from Russia was drinking with his pal Oleg Sviridov, 32, when he saw footage on the man’s phone.
The sickened dad immediately confronted Sviridov, who ran away before Vyacheslav could act.
The paedophile was a close friend of the alleged killer's family and had babysat his daughter whom he sexually abused on multiple occasions.
The rapes were reported to local police who launched a manhunt for Sviridov.
But the distraught father managed to track down the alleged paedophile before the local police force and stabbed him to death.
He claimed that Sviridov "stumbled on the knife during a quarrel" in a forest near the village.
The father 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.
But villagers and online commenters have demanded that the dad should not face a murder charge.
One said: "He is not a murderer — he protected his daughter and our children too.
"Everyone is on his side."
Prominent TV journalist and former Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak said: "All parents are standing up for the paedophile’s killer."
All parents are standing up for the paedophile’s killer
Another commenter 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."
Sviridov’s mother said that her son had often been a babysitter for the accused man's children.
The two men had been longtime friends, she said.
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