Vladimir Sankin Biography — Wiki
Vladimir Sankin is a car mechanic who beat a paedophile to death while ‘rescuing a child from his clutches’ has been convicted of murder. He faces up to 15 years in jail after killing Vladimir Zaitsev in Russia, in a jury verdict which has shocked his many supporters.
The married man, who will be sentenced next week, said: ‘I had a choice – to pass by or to save the kids.
‘Surely every man would do the same in my place.’
Vladimir Sankin Age
Vladimir Sankin is 34 years old.
Vladimir Sankin beat a pedophile to death ‘while rescuing a 14-year-old boy
The jury asked for leniency in the sentencing yet after eight hours of deliberations found Vladimir Sankin guilty of murder despite medical evidence that the cause of death was frostbite, not Sankin’s blows with a wooden stick.
Two boys, aged ten and 14, had been lured to previously convicted pedophile Zaitsev’s flat in Ufa city.
The sex attacker plied them with alcohol and the teenager was told to strip naked or face being killed and dismembered if he refused, say reports of the case.
The younger boy escaped and alerted passerby Sankin who ran to the scene, according to the defendant.
He then freed the teenager and held Zaitsev as he called the police.
But the criminal investigation claimed the boys were both already freed by the time Sankin arrived and accused him of using disproportionate force on the pedophile, facts disputed by the mechanic.
In the fight with Sankin, Zaitsev fell and banged his head, then lay on the cold ground.
He died later in an ambulance.
What we know so far
Sankin’s case has become a cause célèbre with a petition of 70,000 calling for charges to be dropped against the ‘hero’, and a benefactor paying for his legal defense.
His lawyer Shota Gorgadze will now appeal and is also urging the trial judge to deliver a suspended sentence or order a new trial under a lesser charge.
The jury made clear he ‘deserves leniency’, said the attorney.
‘Vladimir acted like a real man,’ he said.
‘He ran to the entrance and met a pedophile, snatching from his clutches the second child.
‘A fight broke out, as a result of which the pedophile subsequently died.
‘And it was Sankin in the dock.’
His client is now under house arrest.
The lawyer called his client ‘a simple guy who could not pass by a pedophile and protect children from this rapist.