Russian socialite TV host under fire for interview with serial rapist

Russian socialite TV host under fire for interview with serial rapist

Moscow (CNN)A Russian socialite and TV personality is under fire for interviewing a convicted rapist following his release from prison.

Ksenia Sobchak interviewed 70-year-old Viktor Mokhov who was sentenced in 2005 to 17 years in prison for the kidnap and rape of two teenage girls, whom he kept in a basement for almost four years.
Mokhov — known as the “Skopin maniac” — starved, beat, raped and poisoned the girls with tear gas, according to the country’s Interior Ministry. One of the girls became pregnant and had three children, two in captivity, according to Russian media reports, and the girls were released in 2004.
Mokhov starved, beat, raped and poisoned the girls with tear gas, according to Russia's Interior Ministry.

Sobchak, the daughter of a former St. Petersburg mayor who, after her father’s death, found fame as a reality TV show host, posted the interview to her YouTube channel on Monday, sparking outrage.
One of the victims of the offender, Ekaterina Martynova, said in an interview on the Dozhd TV channel that she intends to apply to the prosecutor’s office asking to initiate a criminal case against Mokhov because of statements he made in his interview with Sobchak.
During the interview, Mokhov claimed one of the girls, Elena Samokhina, got pregnant in captivity, and after she was released she never gave birth again. Mokhov suggested he should “take care of her” implying he could impregnate her again. He also said he still had feelings for Martynova and wanted to meet with her.
“She [Samokhina] gave birth from me and does not give birth anymore. I need to take care of her again,” Mokhov said.
Some viewed that as a threat to his former victims, and said that Sobchak did not challenge Mokhov, but instead discussed his sexual preferences with him.
Alexander Bastrykin, head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, said he has ordered a “procedural check” into Mokhov’s comments, according to an official statement that says in part: “journalists and social activists draw the attention of law enforcement agencies to the possible preparation of a new crime on the part of a man.”

Dwight Ritchie

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