The case of the Khachaturyan sisters Russian : Дело сестёр Хачатурян is an ongoing high profile criminal case in Russia that elicited public outrage about domestic violence in the country. Sisters Krestina, Angelina and Maria Khachaturyan were arrested on 28 July and charged with premeditated murder of their father, Mikhail Khachaturian. When the crime was committed the sisters were 19, 18 and 17 years old. The defense stated that sisters acted in self-defence , having no other choice, as they were subjected to constant violence and sexual abuse by their father for a long period of time prior to the alleged crime. There has been a large-scale public outcry over the case, with social activists defending the sisters. Public protests have been held in Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and other cities supporting the sisters, and calling for a change in legislation governing domestic violence and its prevention.