A Russian man has pleaded partially guilty to battering his common-law wife, who later died from her injuries. The suspect had allegedly filmed his victim's horrific bruises and forwarded the footage to his friends to boast about his control over her. (Warning: The photo below is graphic.)
In December, 34-year-old Maxim Gribanov allegedly assaulted his wife, 28-year-old Anstasia Ovsiannikova, inside their home in Lebedyan, Russia. Local media reported that Ovsiannikova had told her husband that she was leaving him and that he savagely beat her in response, according to Daily Mail.
Ovsoannikova's family stated that Gribanov had assaulted her repeatedly over the course of several years. The husband allegedly exhibited a pathological desire to control his wife, forcing her to quit her job at the Lebedyan town hall and intimidating her family members whenever they protested the domestic abuse.
Ovsaonnikova had reportedly began a relationship with another man and decided to leave Gribanov, despite her concerns over how he would react. When she informed him that she was leaving, he allegedly pummeled her for hours.
Gribanov filmed Ovsaonnikova's battered body and shared the video with his friends. The images showed Ovsiannikova sitting on the couch, her entire body blotched with purple bruises. Her face, arms and legs all showed signs of severe trauma.
The suspect allegedly told his friends that he had Ovsaonnikova "under control."
Ovsaonnikova contacted emergency services and was transported to a nearby hospital, but she eventually slipped into a coma, suffering from severe bruising, internal bleeding and multiple broken bones. She died six days later.
Lebedyan Police spokesperson Yulia Kuznetzova said that the nature of Gribanov's charges changed following Ovsaonnikova's death.
"At first the man was charged with assault which caused severe damages to the woman's health," Kuznetzova said. "But after she died and the charges were changed, the suspect pleaded partially guilty. He said he had his reasons."
Gribanov could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of battering Ovsaonnikova to death.
A family friend of the victim described her as an optimistic person whose life had been tragically cut short.
"She was so full of hope and fun but this man destroyed her life," the friend said. "He should be treated in the same way as he treated her."
As of November 2017, the World Health Organization estimated that roughly 30 percent of women worldwide had experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of their intimate partner. According to the report, 38 percent of murders of women are committed by their male intimate partner.
Sources: Daily Mail, WHO / Featured Image: Gustavo Castillo/U.S. Air Force via Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Maxim Gribanov/Daily Mail (2)