A suspected paedophile killer was today detained in Russia after sisters aged eight and 13 were raped and murdered.
A massive manhunt had been underway in Rybinsk for Vitaly Molchanov, 41, a convicted sex attacker and murderer who met the girls’ mother on a dating app.
The pair had been living together for only a month when divorcee nurse Valentina Saprunova, 40, came home from her new hospital job to find the bloodbath.
She has told police she had no idea of the seriousness of her lover’s criminal record when they began a lonely hearts relationship.
The suspect was found today hiding in bushes outside the city where he had been sleeping rough.
Video shows him in long grass after he was handcuffed.
He told police: “At about 8 pm I opened another bottle, and finished it at about 10 pm.
“And…so to say… killed them.”
He was today being interrogated over a criminal case involving the murder and rape of two children.
Sisters Elena and Yana Saprunova, eight and 13, were “shredded” by a knife and the younger girl’s body was dismembered, say law enforcement, in a case that has shocked Russians.
Both girls had been raped, according to forensic evidence.
Earlier police had released a chilling video showing the suspect walking out of his home in a red and black track suit as he “went on the run”.
Valentina had uprooted 1,600 miles across the country to move in with Molchanov one month ago after they met on a dating app.
But reports say she was unaware of his past as a child murderer and sex attacker for which he had been jailed for almost a decade.
He had told her he was wrongly convicted but had not admitted the seriousness of the offences.
She is now in the care of a police psychologist, too distraught even to talk to her family.
Neighbours said that the couple had appeared “madly in love”.
They were often seen holding hands and jogging together or riding bicycles.
After walking out of his block of flats, he was reported to have made away on a white bike.
His previous 2010 conviction included murder, rape and desecration of the dead.
He was also described as a “convicted paedophile”.
The governor of Yaroslavl region, Dmitry Mironov, had offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to Molchanov’s detention.
Russia’s children ombudsman Anna Kuznetsova called the killings “inhuman”.
“No words to describe,” she said.
“A terrible crime.”
Before Molchanov was found, she said: “The perpetrator of this atrocity has not yet been found.
“It is known that he was previously convicted of the rape and murder of a child.
“Now two more girls have become victims.”
She demanded more action from the Kremlin to tackle paedeophiles including a register and “supervision” for child sex attackers.
She has previously pleaded for paedophiles to be tagged for life and banned from using the internet.