This is the horrifying moment a five-year-old girl was sized by an alleged paedophile and his ‘male lover’ before being raped and stabbed to death in Russia.
Distressing footage shows two men snatching the girl and carrying her through the snow, past unaware members of the public to a residence.
The child was subsequently raped and then killed, reports from Russia said, citing law enforcement. She had been stabbed multiple times, and her body hidden in a duffle bag.
Distressing footage shows the moment two men in Russia snatched a five-year-old girl and carried her through the snow and past unaware members of the public
One of the suspects was named as Denis Gerasimov, 44 (left), earlier jailed for paedophile offences including producing child pornography. The other suspect Vadim Belyakov, 24 (right), reportedly has a conviction for theft
When the suspects were later detained, they needed police protection to stop them from being lynched by furious locals.
The child, Veronika Nikolayeva, had been playing late yesterday afternoon near the cinema and cultural complex where her mother works in Kostroma, a city in western Russia, around 180 miles north-east of Moscow.
It was then that she was snatched by two men, say police.
Reports said she ‘struggled and fought back’ but witnesses did not pay attention to her distress at being snatched by two strangers.
No-one reported the screaming child’s distress to police.
Her mother did not see the kidnapping but immediately reported the girl missing and a huge search began involving police and volunteers.
Pictured: CCTV footage shows the two men moments before the kidnapped the girl
Pictured: A still grab from a video showing the inside of a room searched by police in relation to the case, in which two suspects have been detained over the rape and murder of the girl
Officers ‘detained two suspects who confessed to the murder of the child, the body of the victim was found in a room in a residential hostel,’ said the Russian Investigative Committee.
One of the suspects was named as Denis Gerasimov, 44, earlier jailed for paedophile offences including producing child pornography.
He was released from jail in March last year, after serving four-and-a-half years for convictions which included sex with an underage girl. The penal colony where he served his sentence described him as ‘polite, tactful, not rude’.
The other suspect Vadim Belyakov, 24, reportedly has a conviction for theft.
The video shows one suspect carrying the kidnapped girl down snowy streets, while the other walks alongside.
When police raided the room shared by the suspects in a hostel, they found the girl’s body hidden in a duffle bag, say law enforcement sources.
The girl had been raped before she was killed.
Pictured: Russian police offers are shown inside a home during a search
Pictured: Officers leave a hostel in Russia carrying the girl’s body, after a mob formed upon hearing the news about her death
Local news said that as soon as the information was made public, a mob formed.
‘Immediately after the information about the detention of (the suspects) appeared, local residents gathered by the hostel, where the child’s body was found,’ reported 112 news outlet.
‘They demanded the (suspected) murderers should be handed over and wanted to lynch them.’
A video shows the girl’s body being carried into a police vehicle.
A social media post said: ‘This case shows again that the surveillance system for paedophiles does not work and gives them the opportunity to commit crimes again.’
The suspects are understood to have been in a long term relationship since the younger man was underage.
The men told interrogators that the crime was ‘spontaneous’, it was reported.
The younger one ‘suggested that his partner catch the girl and make fun of her’.