The most flexible man in the world has been exposed as a paedophile who committed sex crimes against young girls, including his own relatives. He has now been jailed for 22 years.
Mukhtar Gusengadzhiev, 53, was found guilty of sex crimes against six underage girls despite a petition signed by more than 1,700 fans claiming he was “framed”.
The contortionist, who according to the Guinness World Records, is the most flexible man on the planet, was initially accused of sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl, the daughter of his ex-girlfriend Inna Volkova. When police searched his Moscow flat, they found videos made by him containing child pornography, a court heard.
The child told police that Gusengadzhiev repeatedly undressed her and touched her intimate body parts. Law enforcement sources said that between 2012 and 2015 he “performed violent sexual actions against underage children” in and around Moscow.
“The investigators established that victims of those crimes came from the families of his friends and relatives,” Russian authorities said a statement.
“Besides, the accused man made friends with lonely women who had children in order to commit crimes against these (girls) later. While searching the apartment occupied by the accused man video recordings of a pornographic nature involving young children were discovered.”
The contortionist’s supporters insisted he had been framed. Some 1,700 people signed a petition claiming the case was flawed.
“We think that the case was fully made up by Inna Volkova and we demand a thorough investigation,” the petition said.
Tatiana Konstantinova, head of Yoga Federation of Russia, accused the contortionist’s ex-girlfriend of “seeking revenge perhaps because of his love for so many other women”.
She added: “I do not believe the accusation that he is a paedophile.”
Irrespective of what his supporters think, Gusengadzhiev, who has featured in a string of Russian films and performed in 40 countries around the world, was sentenced to over two decades in jail.
Gusengadziev denied his guilt, claiming his relatives framed him to inherit his luxury apartment.