Teenage girls who were raped while out for a walk during Russia’s lockdown are FINED for breaking coronavirus restrictions
- Girls, aged 17 and 18, were attacked and robbed in Russian city of Krasnoyarsk
- One of the girls was raped, while the other was seriously sexually assaulted
- A 55-year-old man has been arrested after being found with their stolen items
- But the girls are also facing a fine of £33 for breaking coronavirus lockdown
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Two teenage girls who were raped, sexually assaulted and robbed after going for a walk during Russia’s lockdown are now facing fines for breaking isolation rules.
The girls, aged 17 and 18, were attacked in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk last month when residents were banned from going outside except for emergencies.
One of the girls was raped during the late-night ordeal while the other was seriously sexually assaulted. They also had their jewellery and phones taken.
Two girls aged 17 and 18 were attacked on this street in the Russia city of Krasnoyarsk after breaking lockdown rules to go for a walk, and are now facing fines
They reported the attack to police who have since arrested a 55-year-old man who was found in possession of their stolen items.
He is now being investigated for sex crimes along with robbery and violence.
However, police also activated protocols against the two women for going outside to meet during the lockdown despite not having a valid reason.
The protocol can lead to fines of up to £33 each.
Ekaterina Rositskaya, head of the press service of the Krasnoyarsk Ministry of Internal Affairs, confirmed the punishment.
‘After finding them on the street at night — without urgent need — the police drew up reports and sent them to the district administration.’
A decision is now being made on the level of the fines, she said.
Newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda highlighted how a rape victim ‘will be punished for violation of self-isolation’.
Police have arrested a 55-year-old on suspicion of carrying out the horrifying attack, but have also recommended fines of up to £33 against the two girls (file image)
Police sources told the paper that one of the teenagers had been raped while the other was subjected to ‘violent acts of a sexual nature’.
Local news outlet Tayga headlined its story: ‘Victims of sexual violence accused of violating self-isolation mode in Krasnoyarsk.’
The families of the girls are reported to be fighting the fines.
The incident took place on 20 April but the full horror of the attack they faced was only revealed now.
At the time, residents were only allowed out their homes on limited pretexts such as walking a dog, going to see a doctor or to a nearby shop or chemist.
The girls were longtime friends but were not supposed to meet under the rules.