Dad who made friend dig his own grave and then kill himself for sexually abusing daughter gets early prison release

Dad who made friend dig his own grave and then kill himself for sexually abusing daughter gets early prison release
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SAMARA, RUSSIA: A Russian father who forced his best friend to end his life after discovering he had sexually abused his daughter has reportedly secured an early release from prison. The 35-year-old Vyacheslav 'Slava' Matrosov was sentenced to 18 months in prison but has now been freed from custody after only six months.

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The release came after a nationwide campaign to free the father who forced the child sex offender Oleg Sviridov, 32, to dig his own grave in a forest. The pedophile died shortly after and Matrosov secretly buried his corpse in the unmarked grave. An investigation found that Sviridov had taken his own life in the forest after Matrosov had voiced his extreme fury over the sexual abuse.

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According to Daily Mail, Sviridov repeatedly sexually abused Matrosov's daughter since she was six years old. Following his release from prison, the father posted a picture with his wife Natalya, 35, and wrote, "Home. Love very much." Matrosov was originally held on suspicion of murder, but there was an overwhelming public outcry over his plight in Russia. He was eventually convicted in April for "inciting" his friend "to suicide" by the Krasnoglinsky Court in Samara and sentenced to 18 months in a strict penal colony.

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Matrosov's friendship broke down after he found sickening and graphic footage on Sviridov's cell phone showing the latter forcing his daughter to perform a sex act on him. The victim, now aged nine, was reportedly heard pleading with her abuser, "Oleg, that's enough, I can't take it anymore. I want to go home."


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The former rocket engine factory worker could have been jailed for 15 years if he was charged with murder, but there was a wave of public support in the Samara region for Matrovov after he was linked to the pedophile's killing. Locals in the village of Pribrezhnaya raised money to cover his legal expenses. Meanwhile, a petition demanding he should be fully acquitted was signed by more than 2,500 people, who supported him for "saving our children by ridding us of a child sex attacker." 

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Matrosov was ultimately charged with "inciting a person to suicide... by threats or abuse." Sources with knowledge of the case revealed that detailed forensic evidence showed Matrosov had not stabbed Sviridov in a forest where his body was found in the makeshift grave. It has been suggested that Sviridov was given an ultimatum to go to the police and confess to sexually abusing the girl, or face the father's wrath. Meanwhile, a relative of Sviridov said he was seen badly beaten on the day he went missing in September 2021, about a week before his body was found in the unmarked grave near Vintai village. That said, two other minors are also feared to have been abused by the suspected pedophile.

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