Husband who cut off wife’s hands with axe was ‘totally calm’ as he attacked her

A mum-of-two whose violent husband chopped her hands off with an axe is set to receive compensation from Russia after being ordered to do so by an international court.

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Russia to compensate four domestic violence survivors, including Margarita Grachyova, 27, who had complex surgery after the barbaric incident.

In December 2017, her ex Dmitry Grachyov, 27, a trained psychologist, struck her 40 times with a blunt axe and cut off both hands.

He was "crazed with jealousy" over a suspected affair which she strongly denied.

The monster was jailed for 14 years over the attack and his victim had one hand-sewn back, but now has only partial use.

She had complex surgery to have a "bionic hand" fitted.

During the court proceedings, Grachyov claimed that he felt like his life was over after she sought a divorce. He was later sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Ms Grachyova had previously informed the police about her then husband's violent behaviour but she claimed that they ignored them.

The European court order Russian authorities to pay Ms Grachyova about €370,000 (£315,000) for medical expenses, loss of income and non-pecuniary damages.

While the three other women, who are also domestic violence survivors, will be paid €20,000 (£17,000) each.

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The court also urged the country to tackle the "staggering scale" of domestic violence in Russia and to take urgent measures to avoid such violent attacks on women in the country.

Previously, Russia has opposed such compensation claims by saying that the country cannot be held accountable for domestic violence committed by individuals.

Mari Davtyan, one of the lawyers representing the women, wrote on her Facebook that "each of these women was seriously injured as a result of the state’s inaction in the situation of domestic violence".

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In 2017, Russia weakened it's domestic violence laws by stating that if a victim was not hospitalised, then it would not be considered a criminal offence. Punishment for domestic abusers was also, accordingly, weakened.

Recalling the attack, she said earlier that Grachyov was "totally calm" when he cut off her hands.

"Unfortunately, I felt all the pain very much.

"I was dreaming that I would faint. I kept thinking all the time, why am I not fainting?

"When he raised his axe, I just closed my eyes, I didn’t look at it…"

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