Russian paedophile manhunt ends as suspect is arrested

Paedophile suspect accused of raping and killing his unwitting girlfriend’s two young daughters aged eight and 13 is arrested after manhunt in Russia

  • Police in Rybinsk had been hunting for 41-year-old suspect Vitaly Molchanov
  • He was found hiding in bushes outside the city where he was sleeping rough
  • Molchanov is suspected of raping and killing the daughters of his new lover  

A suspected paedophile killer was today arrested in Russia after two sisters aged eight and 13 were raped and murdered.

A massive manhunt had been underway in Rybinsk for Vitaly Molchanov, 41, a convicted sex attacker and killer who met the girls’ mother on a dating app.

The suspect was found today hiding in bushes outside the city where he had been sleeping rough.

After being handcuffed in the long grass, he told police: ‘At about 8pm I opened another bottle, and finished it at about 10pm. And… so to say… killed them.’ 


Vitaly Molchanov, 41, was arrested today over the rape and murder of two girls after a massive manhunt in Rybinsk

Divorcee nurse Valentina Saprunova, 40, had been living with Molchanov for only a  month when she came home from her hospital job to find the bloodbath.   

Sisters Elena and Yana Saprunova, eight and 13, were ‘shredded’ by a knife and the younger girl’s body was dismembered, say law enforcement in a case that has shocked Russians.

Both girls had been raped, according to forensic evidence. 

Molchanov was today being interrogated in the criminal investigation into the murder and rape of the two children. 

Earlier police had released a chilling video showing the suspect walking out of his home in a red and black track suit as he ‘went on the run’. 

Saprunova has told police she had no idea of the seriousness of her lover’s criminal record when they began a relationship.  

Valentina Saprunova with her daughter Elena when she was a baby 

Saprunova’s daughter Yana is pictured at a younger age. Saprunova, 40, came home from work and found her daughters ‘literally shredded’ by a knife

Valentina had uprooted 1,600 miles across the country to move in with Molchanov one month ago after they met on a dating app.

But reports say she was unaware of his past as a child murderer and sex attacker for which he had been jailed for almost a decade.

He had told her he was wrongly convicted but not admitted the seriousness of the offences.

She is now in the care of a police psychologist too distraught even to talk to her family.

Neighbours said that the couple had appeared ‘madly in love’.

They were often seen holding hands and jogging together or riding bicycles.

After walking out of his block of flats, he was reported to have made away on a white bike.

Molchanov (pictured with the mother of his victims), 41, had prior convictions for child rape and murder and was released from a long prison sentence in 2010, according to reports 

A chilling video shows the suspected paedophile killer fleeing his home after raping and knifing to death girls aged eight and 13

His previous 2010 conviction included murder, rape and desecration of the dead. He was also described as a ‘convicted paedophile’.

The governor of Yaroslavl region, Dmitry Mironov had offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to Molchanov’s detention.

Russia’s children ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova called the killings ‘inhuman’.

‘No words to describe,’ she said. ‘A terrible crime. 

‘It is known that he was previously convicted of the rape and murder of a child. ‘Now two more girls have become victims.’

She demanded more action from the Kremlin to tackle paedophiles including a register and ‘supervision’ for child sex attackers.

She has previously pleaded for paedophiles to be tagged for life and banned from using the internet.

‘Children are dying, let’s take these or other measures to protect children,’ she said.

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