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CHELYABINSK, November 15, /ITAR-TASS/. Mikhail Anfalov, a transport college student, on Friday received an iPad award from Governor Mikhail Yurevich for saving an eight-year-old girl from a rapist on November 11.
The governor said that Anfalov had saved the girl’s life.
“The girl is now in hospital in serious condition. She is in coma. Mikhail intervened at the last moment. A very little more and it would have been too late,” Yurevich said.
That day Mikhail was going to visit his girl friend living on Voroshilov Street in Chelyabinsk at around 6:00 p.m. local time. As he opened the entrance door into his girlfriend’s apartment building, he saw two people lying on the floor right in front of him.
“At first, I thought that it was a couple of drunks fighting each other but then I saw that a child was lying beneath. I was at a loss for an instance but then I understood that I had to stop the criminal from doing a nasty thing,” Mikhail said. The rapist tried to escape but Mikhail followed him. The man was older and much stronger than Mikhail, so the student had to knock him down several times. In the end, Mikhail kicked the rapist so hard that he broke his leg. “Only after that strike the criminal finally calmed down. I am not sorry for my broken leg. It was worth it,” Mikhail Anfalov added.
He said that he had tried to call somebody for help but no one had come to his rescue. A crowd started gathering only after Mikhail had called in the police. The people immediately recognized that the rapist was Nikita Klimenko, 33, who lived in a neighboring block of flats.
“The people were very much excited. I think that they were about to lynch the guy,” Anfalov explained.
As Mikhail was receiving his gift, Govenror Mikhail Yurevich noted that people in southern Urals often displayed courage and self-devotion in various emergencies whether they were crimes, accidents or natural disasters.
A source at the main department of the Russian Interior Ministry for the Chelyabinsk region told Itar-Tass that regional police also praised the role of ordinary people in such incidents. He wished that people could be more active in helping law enforcers. He set the recent incident in the Chebarkul district as an example. A nine-year-old boy left home and went on foot to the city of Miass where he slept in entrances and under balconies for several days. An unknown woman paid attention to him, hired a taxi and brought the child back to his parents. “I wish we had more people like her who are not indifferent,” the police source emphasized.
The eight-year-girl schoolgirl who was attacked by the rapist in Chelyabinsk is lying under a medical ventilator in a city hospital. She is being kept in a state of induced coma. The girl received heavy skull injuries but doctors believe that she will start recovering soon.