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Teens sentenced to between five and ten years for gang rape of 16 year old girl

By Anna Liesowska
23 July 2015

Four sex attackers posted vile images on Twitter in case which shocked Russia.

Details of the investigation said that Klassen and the other three tortured and raped the unconscious college student. Picture: KP

Ivan Klassen, 19, was sentenced to ten years in a penal colony after urging three friends - all schoolboys - to undress and rape his girlfriend. He claimed he had seen her kissing another boy at a drink- and drug-fuelled party in Novosibirsk. 

Two 15 year olds were sentenced to five and a half years in a juvenile correctional colony while the youngest participant, who was 14 at the time of the brutal attack, was sent for five years to a juvenile correctional colony. Only Klassen was named since the others were underage. 

The victim, referred to as Anya S, was awarded one million roubles compensation by the court. She did not attend the court case, but resisted pressure from families of the accused to withdraw her testimony. The hearings were closed because the accused were underage, but it was disclosed that all denied the rape charges. 

Details of the investigation said that Klassen and the other three tortured and raped the unconscious college student - then posted footage of the ordeal on the web.  

During her horrific ordeal, the student was also filmed being tortured, with graphic photos uploaded onto social media sites Twitter and Russian-based Vkontakte. The alleged attackers were shown approvingly in Twitter images with a 'thumbs-up' over the naked student. 

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During her horrific ordeal, the student was also filmed being tortured, with graphic photos uploaded onto social media sites. Pictures: VK, KP 


She was taken under state protection for her own safety. 

The attack was only three weeks into her course at Novosibirsk Trade College, in Siberia, having moved to the city from Kemerovo - 260 km away -  and was living in student accommodation. On the night of the attack she had returned to her dormitory late, only to find it locked and was unable to gain access. With nowhere to go, she called her boyfriend, Klassen, who came to collect her along with a number of his friends. 

The group then headed to a nearby flat for a party, where Anya was the only female. Posts on social media boast about how the teenagers smoked drugs and drank vodka. At one point Anya's boyfriend left to buy vodka and upon returning found her kissing another of the boys, leading to an argument.

When she fell asleep, her boyfriend said she had cheated on him and had to be punished, telling the group to undress and torture her. 

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When she fell asleep, her boyfriend said she had cheated on him and had to be punished. Pictures: KP, VK


The group then took turns to rape her and placed pictures of her naked and unconscious body on social media, boasting about how they punished 'the whore'.

The teenagers also filmed the horror ordeal and while it was not uploaded to the Internet, police later found the footage and confiscated it. Once the confessions were posted online, many Russians reacted with outrage and urged the victim to call the police, among them famous prankster Evgeny Volnov.

Two days later four people were arrested. The youngest suspect is a 14-year-old European silver medallist in taekwondo.

Klassen said: 'I did not do it. I did not do anything, I was slandered. You should ask her. We had no sex that night, and I did not see if anyone else did.'

His mother claimed: 'I do not believe my son raped anyone. I am shocked. I saw this girl and she doesn't look like a 16 year old, I was sure she is about 18.

'My son is kind and gentle. I think she is guilty herself. They did not rape her - she consented'.

There were claims that psychological pressure was put on the victim to persuade her to withdraw her testimony. 

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Ivan Klassen's mother claimed: 'I don't believe my son raped anyone'. Picture: NTV

When the case was first disclosed, church and community leaders blamed the 'vulgarity' and influence of modern television shows and movies for the alleged actions of the accused.

Alexander Novopashin, rector of the Cathedral of St Alexander Nevsky, said: 'It is an abomination, I can find no other words for this. These people are scoundrels.

'Society is sick. We don't have a proper system of upbringing. What we offer the younger generation is the chance to emulate TV and movies, full of cruelty and aggression.'

Nina Shalabayeva, the commissioner for human rights in Novosibirisk, said it was a 'bestial and cynical act'.

She added: 'Did they get fame? Or glory? For those who think this is normal, I think they've returned to a time when mankind came up against mammoths. The media and filmmakers are to blame. On television, you can see rivers of blood and vulgarity, as if that's OK.'

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Comments (4)

They should have been castrated as well...16 years is a pittance for this crime...but then that's Russia for you...they prefer jailing for life anyone that utters a bad word again or challenges the corrupt system of you know who?

Oh & that idiot blaming the media should look more in the "Mirror!

Jaker, Dundalk
26/07/2015 00:13
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Poor girl dam fellas chop chop .
todd, Austrailia
24/07/2015 04:16
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They both need to be denutted the same as done to male pigs, or bulls.
Darwin, USA
24/07/2015 01:21
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good, the problem though is, the correction facilities do little to correct these misfits. they will come out hardened criminals.
Benedikt, Moscow,Russia
24/07/2015 01:12
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