A WOMAN whose hands were hacked off by her jealous husband has described the horrific moment he attacked her.
Dmitry Grachyov was convinced Margarita, 25, had cheated on him after she demanded a divorce.
The mum-of-two told how he drove her to a forest outside Panikovo, near Moscow, after convincing her he had accepted her wish to end their marriage.
But she said the beast tied her up and forced her onto her knees with her arms bound to a tree stump, and was ecstatic after severing her limbs.
First he battered her fingers with the axe, she revealed, adding: “He was totally calm when he did this to me”.
The traumatised 25-year-old said she was conscious throughout the ordeal and “felt all the pain very much”.
Margarita said: “I was dreaming that I would faint. I kept thinking all the time, why am I not fainting?
“When he raised his axe, I just closed my eyes, I didn’t look at it… (when my hands were chopped off).
“At one moment I started rolling off the stump and he cut my thigh with the axe – I have scars there too.”
Margarita said she thought he would hold back from axing her at the last moment.
She said: “I still can’t understand how this could happen – I’ve lived with him for so many years.”
Margarita said Grachyov was never violent before but “something flipped in his mind” when she asked for a divorce.
She told Moskovsky Komsomolets: “This is something from Medieval times – inconceivable, unreal, it just could not happen.
“I think he had read somewhere about this exact sort of torture.
“He acted very cleverly, he even tied up my arms before the attack in the right way and in certain places in order to prevent a huge loss of blood.”
After the attack, he picked up her severed hands and bundled her back in the car.
Margarita added: “Only when he had chopped off my wrists and was driving me to the hospital, he kept repeating, ‘What adrenaline! What adrenaline!’ – and he said it with real delight in his voice.
“Once on the way he checked my pulse, he was making sure that I was alive.
“But apart from that he kept telling me on the way to hospital that I should wait for him to come out of jail, or he would cut off the hands of my relatives.”
Medics reattached one of her hands and surgeons say she will have 70 per cent use of it.
Incredible footage shared in December showed her wiggling her fingers for the first time since the operation.
The mum said: “Still, it is my hand, I will hug my children with it.”
Margarita lost the other hand and will have a prosthetic one fitted.
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