The father was later arrested on suspicion of murder
A father, who was devastated after finding his friend abused his six-year-old daughter, made the pedophile dig his own grave before stabbing him to death, according to reports.
The father discovered a graphic mobile phone video showing his best friend, Oleg Sviridov, making his daughter perform sex acts.
The disturbing footage shows the daughter crying, “I want to go home,” according to The Sun.
The father then attacked Sviridov after finding the video by chance.
Sviridov was also found to have abused two other girls in the village in southern Russia’s Samara region.
The father delivered the pedophile and ultimatum, either hand himself into the police or take his own life.
But the father had other ideas and led his former best friend to a nearby forest.
The Sun reported that the video showed the shallow pit where Sviridov was buried after being stabbed.
The father was later arrested on suspicion of murder.
The daughter’s father later told police Sviridov accidentally fell on the weapon, killing himself.
He is now under House arrest as police conducted a murder investigation and face 15 years in jail if found guilty.
But local villagers have shown support for the father, backing him for “saving our children by ridding us of a child sex attacker,” “and have crowdfunded cash for a lawyer.
Two thousand five hundred locals signed a petition supporting the father.
Although police banned the father from speaking to the media, his wife said they never suspected Sviridov was abusing their daughter.
She said she returned home from work in August to find her husband and his friend fighting in the bathroom.
She said: “[He] was hysterical, shellshocked. I had never seen him like that.”
“It took him a long time to come to his senses to explain to me.”
“With his trembling hands, he took out Oleg’s phone and showed me a video.”
“You cannot imagine what I experienced when I saw it. I felt sick; I was dizzy and nauseous.”
“I shook all over. I could not believe my eyes that it was our child in the video.”
“Then my husband started crying. He kept repeating: ‘He is my best friend, I trusted him with our children, I trusted him as myself’.”
“He could not believe in a million years that Oleg could do that.”
Both then confronted him the next day along with the mother of another child victim.
“I wanted to hear remorse from Oleg, but he said only: ‘I don’t know how I did it’,” she said.
“He himself understood that he either had to take his own life – or go to the police.”
“He said: ‘Let me say goodbye to my mother for a few hours – then I’m all yours’.”
The dad has reportedly told friends he forced Sviridov to dig the grave but only to scare him.
A judge will decide what happens next in the case.