A DAD who killed his "paedophile" pal after allegedly seeing footage of him raping his eight-year-old daughter has been placed on house arrest after being released by police.
Cops decided to free the father-of-eight – named only as Vyacheslav M – from custody amid a groundswell of support for him over the death of Oleg Sviridov.
Russian security forces normally keep suspects who confess to killings remanded in custody – but have decided to make an exception for Vyacheslav.
The 34-year old factory worker has the backing of local residents who believe he was only "protecting" his child from the paedo.
Villagers and online commenters have now demanded that the dad should not face a murder charge.
And pals have revealed the the paedo was "constantly" seen hanging round with young girls – including Vyacheslav’s older daughter – in the their home village of Vintai.
“It never crossed anyone's mind what he was doing with children," a friend who had known Sviridov for 15 years said.
Sviridov was a close friend of Vyacheslav and had babysat his daughter – allegedly sexually abusing her on multiple occasions.
It also emerged over the weekend that another of Sviridov’s alleged victims was the daughter of his former live-in partner.
Sviridov and Vyacheslav are believed to have drinking together when the father saw the allegedly horrifying clip on the man’s phone.
The sickened dad immediately confronted Sviridov, who ran away before he could act.
The rapes were soon reported to local police, who launched a manhunt for Sviridov.
All parents are standing up for the paedophile’s killer
But the distraught father managed to track him down first and allegedly stabbed him to death.
He claimed that Sviridov "stumbled on the knife during a quarrel" in a forest near their village.
The father was arrested and the case is under investigation.
Criminal cases have also been opened into the alleged sexual abuse of three children filmed on Sviridov’s mobile.
Vyacheslav's case has triggered a flood of support for him across Russia as they attempt to rally local authorities not to press charges.
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."
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.
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