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Russian Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Jail for Chopping Off Wife’s Hands

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Russian Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Jail for Chopping Off Wife’s Hands | The Moscow Times

This is Margarita Gracheva. Last December her [ex]husband cut off both of her hands with an ax. Such crimes
have increased significantly since Russia decriminalized first-time domestic abuse in 2017.

A man has been sentenced to 14 years in a maximum-security prison for chopping off his wife’s hands in a gruesome case highlighting the dangers women face following last year’s decriminalization of domestic violence in Russia. A 2017 law scrapped prison sentences for “first-time” domestic abusers whose beatings result in bruises and superficial wounds in what activists argued would lead to impunity. Human Rights Watch criticized the legislation as a “serious setback” that “put survivors at even greater risk.” Dmitry Grachyov stood trial on charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm, threat of murder and two counts of kidnapping after chopping off his wife’s wrists with an axe last December. Earlier that month, police ignored a statement written by his then-wife Margarita, who complained that he had forcibly taken her to a forest outside Moscow and threatened to kill her. “Three days later, I was taken to the forest and my hands were cut off,” Margarita Grachyova said in a BBC interview published ahead of the verdict. A court in Moscow region’s district of Serpukhov found Dmitry Grachyov guilty of kidnaping and inflicting grave bodily harm on his now ex-wife and sentenced him to 14 years in a maximum-security prison, Russian news agencies reported Thursday. Grachyov was also ordered to pay his ex-wife 2 million rubles ($30,000) in damages, TASS reported.

Common sense says that domestic abuse would increase if the first-time complaint did not result in hospitalization. Still, Russian lawmakers passed the bill anyway.

Through generosity and crowdfunding, doctors in Germany have provided Margarita with an electronic prosthesis for her right hand. Additional help is being considered.

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