Shocking reason sisters killed dad
WARNING: Confronting content
Three teenage sisters, who stabbed their "tyrannical" and sadistic father to death, after allegedly suffering years of horrific abuse, have told prosecutors being locked up was better than living with their father.
Krestina, 19, Angelina, 18 and Maria, 17, allegedly suffered extensive sexual abuse and torture at the hands of their father, Mikhail Khachaturyan, 57, who has been described as a Russian "mob boss".
The teenagers claim Mikhail regularly beat and sexually abused them, made them eat dog hair from the floor and attacked them with pepper spray as a punishment. Under the grim spectre of their father's alleged constant abuse, one of the teenagers tried to take her own life.
After years of alleged suffering, the three sisters stabbed to death their tyrannical dad, who was regularly violent and described as "constantly seducing" the three of them, as well as threatening them with beatings.
The girls have admitted to killing Mikhail in July 2018 at his apartment block in Altufyevo, a suburb north of Moscow. They were accused of acting as a gang in a premeditated murder, but they claim they acted in self-defence, fearing one sister was going to die at the hands of their father.
They claim on the night they killed their father, Krestina, who suffers from asthma, collapsed and Mikhail took her to her bathroom, poured vodka on her and undressed her.
During the attack, Angelina and Maria said they feared their sister could die and began attacking their father, reportedly with a hunting knife they had taken from his car earlier that day and a hammer.
As they struggled with their father, the fight spilt from the apartment onto the street, before Angelina stabbed her father through the heart.
Mikhail then collapsed, and Maria called an ambulance. By the time paramedics arrived he had died. Mikhail's body was found with dozens of stab wounds in the lift of his apartment block where the family lived.
Krestina, 19, reportedly told police at the time: "We hated him and we wanted just one thing to happen - either that he disappeared or that we never knew him.
"We wanted him just to go away and never come back."
Krestina, Angelina, and Maria were all detained and charged with murder in Moscow and could face 10 to 15 years in jail if convicted. After the death, reports emerged of the horrendous ordeal they were allegedly subjected to.
Prosecutors are now seeking permission to posthumously charge Mikhail with paedophile crimes after evidence emerged of his alleged sexual and physical abuse of his three daughters while they were underage, according to the Daily Mail.
They are also seeking to have the murder charges dropped.
The girls have now been freed from prison, under new special restrictions laws, while prosecutors make a detailed analysis of their case, according to The Moscow Times.
The sisters have claimed they were subjected to regular violence, including threats, beatings, rape and sexual abuse.
Mikhail was also said to have installed a camera to snoop on them when he was away.
New evidence alleges Mikhail told one of his daughters she would replace their mother after she left.
"You will take the place of your mother. I will marry you and you will give birth to my baby," he is alleged to have said.
An expert statement prepared for the judge said: "He ordered them to get undressed in front of him, saying that he wanted to 'check' them."
The girls were then allegedly ordered to "masturbate him, saying that he had problems with his prostate and it would be a cure".
His alleged abuse of his three daughters included humiliating them "with various weapons", according to the Daily Mail.
On the day he was killed, the girls had taken a hunting knife from their father's car, as they feared he would beat them.
Inside the accused ex mob boss's car, prosecutors found a crossbow and a number of guns and ammunition.
Maria, the youngest, had previously attacked their mother Aurelia with a knife. The mother later left the family home.
Neighbours and friends told reporters he was tyrannical, according to The Sun, and mother Aurelia had fled due to the constant abuse.
A family friend said she knew that at least one girl had been "sexually abused".
"He was always beating them. Once he took them to a forest and threatened to kill them," she claimed.
"The mother ran away from him, he banned all communication with her.
"The father was linked to the criminal world, he was a kind of mafia boss."
Another family friend said, "Once the father found the dog hair on the carpet.
"He called one of the daughters, made her brush the dog and eat its hair, while he watched."
If prosecutors are able to file charges against the girls' father, the law could permit clearing the daughters' names.
Angelina told prosecutors she had no remorse for the slaying, saying after her mother left the abuse worsened.
"I have no regrets. It was no longer possible to tolerate what he did to us," she said.
"Prison is better than living with him. From the age of 10 - beatings, from 14 - sexual harassment.
"When he drove our mother out three years ago, things got really bad."
Angelina's lawyer, Alexey Parshin, said: "From the very beginning it was clear that the girls lived in a long-term psychologically damaging situation.
"They experienced violence for several years. It has been proven by forensic experts.
"It became clear why they could not ask for help and could not escape from this father.
"Considering that they constantly feared for their lives and that the crimes against them kept repeating, this was necessary self-defence.
"We expect the criminal investigation against them to be stopped.
"The actions of Mikhail Khachaturyan have seriously damaged physical and psychological health of the girls."
The case has polarised Russian society, according to The Moscow Times, between those who view the sisters as murderers and those who see them as victims of abuse.
Public Monitoring Commission prison watchdog secretary-general Ivan Melnikov said he blames the system for failing to protect the girls, despite numerous reports about poor school attendance and complaints about their father.
"That should have been enough to get social services to act," Mr Melnikov said.