Sister of policeman accused of gang rape says, “the girl was the one who offered sex”

Sister of policeman accused of gang rape says, “the girl was the one who offered sex”
Vyacheslav Tropin Photo: E1

She believes that Interior Ministry officer Vyacheslav Tropin is innocent and his coworkers set him up.

Yekaterina, the sister of police officer Vyacheslav Tropin, accused of gang rape, told reporters about her brother. The woman claims that he had "impressive plans" for his future, and does not believe that he could do such a thing.

As The CrimeRussia said earlier, the incident occurred on August 18 on Yekaterinburg’s Tchaikovsky Street. According to sources, three police officers detained a 22-year-old citizen of Kazakhstan as she was leaving a sauna. The woman is allegedly a sex worker. The policemen are said to have forced her in their police car and raped her there.

Yekaterina Tropina claims that her brother is innocent and his coworkers must have just set him up.

“As far as I understood, it was the girl who suggested they have sexual intercourse and the coworkers agreed. Slava refused, naturally, he would not do that. He avoids those women; he has a girlfriend that he loves. He’s always been faithful to her,” says Yekaterina, adding that his two coworkers must have put the blame on her brother because he is an orphan and has no one.

“Who would protect him? And what can I do? I have no money, nothing. At least we have friends who helped and hired a lawyer. I did not even get a chance to talk to my brother, they would not let me. The police would not listen to me,” says Yekaterina.

She adds that her brother is the only one who denies his guilt, while the other officers have confessed.

The criminal case is under investigation. The Investigative Committee refrains from making detailed comments. One of the accused, Vadim Mustafin, was placed under house arrest. The decision on Vyacheslav Tropin has not yet been made. The third police officer, Andrei Bessarabov, was detained until October 19.

Irina Maslova, head of Silver Rose, a movement protecting the rights of sex workers, said that the fact that the violence was committed by police officers should be regarded as an aggravating circumstance.

“Those who must protect her were the rapists and abusers,” Maslova said.

According to her, the policemen apparently assumed that "the girl would not go anywhere," but it does not work like that anymore.

“The fact that the girl appealed to the authorities, that her statement was acted on and a case was opened, it gives us hope: the weak should have the right to protection,” the Silver Rose leader told Ura.ru, noting that the punishment for the officers should be a severe one.

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