Teenage sisters Krestina, 19, Angelina, 18, and Maria Khachaturyan, 17, all face murder charges in the death of their dad in the Russian capital, Moscow in July 2018
Experts in Russia have determined ll three ‘were sexually assaulted by their father’ before they stabbed him to death
Abuse video emerges of Mikhail Khachaturyan, shouting and ‘kicking’ one of the girls for eating candy
Mikhail Khachaturyan was found with a dozen stab wounds – The sisters claim they acted in self-defense when they stabbed their father
findings by Moscow Dept of Health support claim that the girls suffered ‘serious harm’ at his hands of their dad
Russian rights activists are furious the girls have to stand trial despite opinion that the have suffered trauma from domestic abuse
If convicted, each faces up to 15 years in prison
In a Facebook post on Monday, it was confirmed by forensic experts the defendants suffered abuse and diagnosed them with mental health disorders.
The forensic expert also noted that the results of the additional examination showed ‘the girls were in a position of necessary defense’.
The statement said: ‘On the basis of all the materials they provided for the examination, the Bureau of Forensic Medical Examination of the Moscow Department of Health specialists confirmed the diagnoses of Krestina, Angelina, and Maria and determined the harm caused to their health as serious.
‘The capital’s forensic experts confirmed…that the mental disorders identified in the Khachaturian sisters are in a causal relationship with the actions of Mikhail Khachaturyan.’
The ruling came as a new video was released of Mr Khachaturyan appearing to shout at his daughters and even kicking the youngest girl, Maria.
The short clip comes from evidence in the case and shows the father yelling at his daughters because they ‘ate too many sweets’.
As the video, filmed by Mr Khachaturyan, pans across the kitchen table, it shows a series of empty sweet wrappers on the counter.
Kristina Khachaturyan, 19, is the eldest of the three sisters who experts say definitely suffered ‘serious harm’ at the hands of their ‘tyrannical’ father
According to Russian media, Mikhail Khachaturyan can be heard shouting to one of his daughters, ‘turn to me, freak’.
Alexei Parshin, a lawyer representing Angelina Khachaturyan, told Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda: ‘This video is further proof of what kind of father Mikhail Khachaturyan was. Just a few seconds is enough to see the situation in which the girls lived.’
According to local media reports, on the day of the attack the father had threatened the girls with a knife in their apartment. One of the sisters allegedly grabbed the knife and stabbed him, before the others joined in the attack.
The Khachaturyan tried to escape from the apartment but was felled and died near the elevator, said neighbors who heard his cries of anguish.
All three sisters have been charged with murder, which comes with a maximum sentence of ten to 15 years in jail.
Khachaturyan allegedly, has ties to the Moscow criminal underworld – In his Audi Q7 SUV, authorities reportedly found two kilograms of heroin along with his arsenal of a pneumatic riffle, a smooth bore rifle, three pneumatic handguns, a signal gun, and a gas powered gun.
A family friend previously told local media that the girls’ mother ran away from the family home due to Khachaturyan’s history of domestic abuse. It has also been reported that Khachaturyan installed cameras in the family home to snoop on his daughters.
The case sparked outcry from Russian lawyers and human rights activists who say the charges should be dropped.
Supporters of the three sisters have staged weekly protests in Moscow and St Petersburg, blaming Russia’s legal system which they say turns a blind eye to domestic abuse.
All three sisters are currently released from prison under ‘special restrictions’, with a curfew imposed and banning them from using the internet and mobile phones.