AN EVIL paedophile was confronted by an angry mob of Russians hours after he confessed to raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy.
Dozens of armed riot police were needed to prevent enraged locals in Zheleznogorsk from attacking the 39-year-old lawyer and economist.
Vitaly Pashchevsky was showing police the forest where he had hidden the body of a boy, Danil Biryukov, his neighbours’ child, whom he had known from birth.
Video footage shows the furious crowd of 200-plus shouting: “Killer! Killer, show him to us! Pervert, scum, let us deal with him.”
Cops were asked: “Why are you guarding him? Why are our children not guarded?”
Those in the mob tried to force their way through riot police ranks as cops led the handcuffed, highly-educated Pashchevsky for a crime scene visit to show how he had brutally sexually attacked and then murdered the boy.
An onlooker said: “If it wasn’t for the police, he would have been torn apart.”
Another video released by Russian law enforcement revealed Pashchevsky in darkness showing police where he had buried the boy’s body, close to a place where the lawyer and his mother owned a country house.
A detective asked: “What is in this place?”
He replied: “Here is where I hid the dead body of the child.”
When asked to explain which child he was referring to, Pashchevsky told him: “The one I killed.”
The cop continued: “What is this place, can you explain?”
“This is the house that belonged to my mum,” he replied.
The paedophile, who has two degrees and is a qualified lawyer and economist, was also seen on video in a metal cage at a custody hearing.
He was remanded in custody for two months.
There was fury among residents that Pashchevsky – who lived alone – had joined a massive hunt by hundreds of volunteers after Danil went missing, even though he later admitted to being the killer.
“He made the family’s deep agony even worse,” said one local.
The boy had not returned home from school on October 23, prompting the frantic search.
Pashchevsky confessed seven days later, and on the same day showed officers where his neighbour’s corpse was located.
A statement by the Investigative Committee, which probes serious crime in Russia, said: “Under a fraudulent pretext, he lured the boy to his apartment, where he committed violent acts of a sexual nature against the child.
“Then, to avoid punishment for his act, he killed him. He stabbed the child in the head.
“Next, he put the body of the boy in a large gym bag and took him to the village of Troyanovo, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Zheleznogorsk.
“There he hid the body in forest outside the land around his country house. He covered it with branches, leaves and grass.”
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The boy’s mother, Marina Biryukova, was “distraught and inconsolable” over her son’s death.
In tears, the child’s grieving aunt Galina Biryukova told the crowd: “I beg you all, do not leave your kids alone.
“We have suffered a tragic grief. Our child went missing. Today he was found – dead… so small and helpless.
“Do not let your kids alone, please!”