Russian rapists jailed for 'moralist' attacks

2016-01-27 19:30
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Moscow - Two men who gang-raped several women and lectured them about accepting rides from strangers have been sentenced to up to seven years in prison, the St Petersburg prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.

The duo, nicknamed the "moralists" by the Russian press, would pick up women trying to catch a ride home late at night in Russia's second largest city, St Petersburg, and rape them.

In Russia it is common to flag down any car and agree on a fare with the driver, although the government has cracked down on the practice. St Petersburg outlawed it in 1997.

"After committing the crimes, the criminals would admonish the victims, saying they should not have caught just any car and should have used a taxi," the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

One of the men would wait in the trunk while the victim got inside the car, then the driver would automatically lock all the doors, the statement said.

The men raped at least three women, one of whom they brought to a rented apartment and raped repeatedly over the course of a day, the statement said.

The driver, Nikolai Burlakov, was sentenced to seven years in prison. His accomplice, Anatoly Pagela, a citizen of Moldova, got six years.

Both individuals will serve their sentences in a prison colony.

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