In photos, Maxim Gribanov and Anastasia Ovsiannikova seemed like a happy couple, but the photos of their smiling faces only hid the horrifying truth. When Anastasia told Maxim she wanted to leave him, the man beat his wife nearly to death. After, he filmed his beaten wife and bragged about his actions to his friends.
Anastasia and Maxim’s relationship was never as perfect as it may have seemed in their photographs. While the two appeared to be in love, they were actually in a constant state of intense turmoil. Maxim sharing a video of his bruised wife was the culmination of years of emotional and physical abuse.
While the man beat his wife regularly, there was even more abuse on an emotional and psychological level. Maxim reportedly extended his hostility toward Anastasia’s family. He made threats toward her father and brother, warning them not to report him beating her. In addition, Maxim forced Anastasia to quit her job at the town hall.
Anastasia told her close friends and family that she had wanted to leave Maxim. She had met someone new and desperately wanted to escape his relentless torment. Unfortunately, she was paralyzed by fear. She told her friends and family that she was afraid of what might happen if Maxim knew she was leaving him.
Finally, Anastasia worked up the courage to finally tell Maxim that she was leaving. Maxim became enraged and began brutally beating Anastasia. He kicked and punched her for hours until her body was covered in bruises. That was when Maxim filmed his beaten wife so that he could show his friends. He boasted that he had her “under control.”
Despite the horrific attack, Anastasia managed to call emergency services and was immediately rushed to the hospital. Along with her severe bruises, she had suffered internal bleeding and several broken bones. Anastasia’s injuries were so numerous that she slipped into a coma while at the hospital. She died six days later.
According to police spokeswoman Yulia Kuznetsova, Maxim was originally “charged with assault which caused severe damages to the woman’s health.” However, the charges were later changed after Anastasia’s death. Maxim pleaded partially guilty to the charges, stating that “he had his reasons.” Maxim is now facing 15 years in prison.
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