Yelena Pyatakova, 34, and her 27-year-old sister, Yulia were out for an evening walk from the market. Their crime it seems was for walking on the sidewalk. Now, Yelena is dead and her sister Yulia hospitalized with very serious injuries.
Welcome to Russia, where the reality is that drivers have the right-of-way and there is no penalty for killing a pedestrian, well if you’re well-connected, that is. The driver in the car you’re about to see has the right connections. Anna Shavenkova, 28, is the daughter of the Irkutsk region’s election committee chairwoman and apparently it is no big deal that she drove onto a sidewalk in the city of Irkutsk hitting two female pedestrians, one of whom later died in the hospital.
Driver Anna Shavenkova plowed into the two pedestrians and then examined her car for damage while ignoring the badly injured victims, but she faces no criminal charges and in fact police investigators who do not suspect Shavenkova of wrongdoing in the incident, are treating her as a witness, the regional portal internet blog Babr.ru reported Sunday.
Sadly, a security camera on a nearby building taped Shavenkova getting out of her car to look for possible damage to the hood, paying no attention to the pedestrians lying on the sidewalk near the car.
Even worse, other witnesses seem unconcerned about the two girls too. An obvious question would be as to whether Shavenkova was tested for alcohol however as she is supposedly only a witness, the investigators failed to test Shavenkova for alcohol after the incident.
The incident happened in December but local authorities had swept it under the rug. At least that’s what they thought however it turns out there was a webcam running and the video has created quite a stir after being posted on YouTube.
Phone calls to Irkutsk prosecutors and city police went unanswered Tuesday, a public holiday to celebrate Men’s Day, commonly known as “Defender’s of the Fatherland Day.”
Too bad nobody seems interesting in defending the two girls who happened to be on the sidewalk. Where, oh where, are the defender’s of the Fatherland on this one?