A teenager says she’s been treated as an ‘attempted murderer’ for fighting back when a man allegedly tried to rape her.
Darya Ageniy, 18, had only just graduated from school when she says the 38-year-old man ‘pinned her against a wall at knifepoint’.
She claims she fumbled in her bag for a blade she used in art class and stabbed him as he was trying to remove her underwear.
He was knifed in the abdomen and ran away.
The case has gone viral in Russia after police flew 1,000 miles to Moscow to arrest her for suspected ‘grievous bodily harm’ – while refusing to investigate her allegations of attempted rape.
Darya, who is now 19, is facing 10 years in jail over the incident in the Black Sea resort of Tuapse, southern Russia.
Her alleged attacker Igor Storozhev is a married father with a four-year-old daughter and claims he had been ‘reading her poetry’ when she stabbed him.
But Darya said: ‘He attacked from the back, and when he bent me over, my hands were free.
‘I was able to open the knife and started waving it. The man then ran away.’
Her lawyer Evgeny Salomatov insists Darya is the victim of appalling police incompetence and sexism.
‘Storozhev showed her a knife, lifted her skirt and tried to take off her underwear,’ he said.
‘He could have infected her with disease, caused her deep psychological trauma, or even killed her.’
Storozhev claimed they had been drinking together before the attack, but Darya says she does not drink alcohol.
Mr Salomatov says police refused to open an attempted rape case because they found ‘no traces of a crime’.
He accused officers of implying she ‘should let herself be raped to get the evidence’.
Darya said: ‘The story is so transparent – a young girl is out for a walk in the evening, and an adult man goes after her.
‘Any sane person is clear what happened. I wonder why the police failed to understand this.’
She added: ‘Three policemen arrived. They arrested me, said that I was a murderer, and they would put me in prison.’
The man said his bowel was damaged by the blade and is claiming £3,600 in damages.
Russian police have not commented on the case.
Krasnodar Regional Prosecutor’s Office said: ‘The criminal investigation is in progress under (our) control.’
There had been ‘flaws’ in the initial investigation, particularly in how Darya’s testimony was handled, a statement said.
But the case against her is still active and it’s understood no criminal investigation has been launched against the man.