This old gore classic was filmed long before any of modern digital cameras came to exist. This fact is reflected in the quality of the image.
What’s known about this video is that it was filmed in Chechnya (conflict in that part of the world has been going on for decades). Where it gets a little bit conflicting is in who decapitated who. The most common conclusion is that it’s a Russian army chief who was beheaded by Chechen rebels so I’m gonna go with that notion.
Despite its age and awful quality, the video is incredibly brutal in the way the execution was carried out. The victim had his neck placed on a tree stump like a chicken and had a masked militant chop at it full swing with an axe. Unlike Saudi Arabia beheadings by sword (cutting took with long blade), I don’t think this beheading was done after first swing. Unfortunately, there is a cut in the video so how many chops it took to severe the head completely with the axe is left for the debate. I’m betting there had to be a few of them.
Brutal axe beheading: