Teenage girls who were raped and robbed during Russia’s lockdown threatened with fines for breaking COVID-19 restrictions


 Teenage girls who were raped and robbed during Russia 
 Two teenage girls who were sexually attacked and robbed while they
were out for a walk during Russia’s lockdown were threatened with fines
for breaking Coronavirus restrictions. 

The two friends, aged 17 and 18, were reportedly attacked in the
Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk last month when residents were banned from
going outside in a bid to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Police sources told local outlet Tayga that one of the teenagers had
been raped while the other was subjected to ‘violent acts of a sexual
nature’.  They also had their jewellery and phones taken.

After the attack, the girls reported the matter to police who have since
arrested a 55-year-old man who was in possession of their stolen
items. 
A criminal inquiry has been opened against the suspect, who is under
investigation for alleged sexual crimes, using and threatening violence,
and robbery.
According to Mail Online,  police also activated protocols with fines
of up to £33 each against the two women for going outside during the
lockdown despite not having a valid reason.
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. 
However, after the case sparked outrage online, the fines were suddenly dropped.

‘Initiating a case was refused because the victims turned to police over
a threat to life and health, the Krasnoyarsk region’s Covid-19
headquarters said.

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