Dad who made paedo pal who raped daughter, 6, dig his own grave is jailed for 18 months after murder charge dropped

A DISTRAUGHT dad who forced his paedo pal to dig his own grave in revenge for raping his six-year-old daughter has been jailed for 18 months after the murder charge was dropped.

The father had been accused of knifing former friend Oleg Sviridov, 32, to death after discovering graphic footage on his pal's mobile phone of him sexually abusing his daughter.

But investigators concluded that Sviridov took his own life during the forest fracas in which the dad made clear his fury after finding the harrowing clip.

Child sex abuser Sviridov died following a fight with the fuming father, who secretly buried his corpse in an unmarked grave.

The father was initially held on suspicion of murder but this triggered a public outcry in Russia – and the charge was dropped.

He was this week convicted of  “inciting” his friend “to suicide” by Krasnoglinsky Court in Samara.

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Their 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 was just six when the explicit sex abuse footage was filmed on Sviridov’s phone.

His daughter, now nine, was heard pleading:  “Oleg, that's enough, I can't take it anymore. I want to go home”.

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

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There was a wave of public support in Samara region for the devastated dad after he was linked to the killing of paedophile Sviridov.

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

They supported him for “saving our children by ridding us of a child sex attacker”.

The dad was charged “inciting a person to suicide by threats or abuse”. 

Source close to the case said that detailed forensic evidence showed that he had not stabbed Sviridov.

It's claimed 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. 

Two other children in the village are feared to have been abused by Sviridov.

“We were all very sad and upset after hearing the verdict in court,” said 43-year-old Oksana Kazakova – a family friend of the dad and Sviridov’s ex-girlfriend, whose daughter was also allegedly abused.

“Everyone was hoping that (he) would get a suspended sentence, but he got 18 months.

“We were shocked. Of course, we understand that he could have received a far longer sentence.

“And 18 months is not much time. We really hope that he will get a presidential pardon at the end of the year. 

“That would be a huge blessing for all his friends and family.”

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