A VIOLENT ex-husband used the blade of an axe to sever the little finger and crush the hand of his nail artist former spouse, Russian police say.
Evgeny Pavlov, 31, is alleged to have waited outside the home of Tatyana Pavlova, 29, before launching the attack.
Distressing pictures show the appalling damage done to both Tatyana's hands.
Her former husband, who is unemployed, has now been detained and facing up to ten years in jail if convicted of causing grievous bodily harm, police say.
His intention was to stop her working in her successful career and supporting herself, it is alleged.
Pavlov allegedly waited for the mother-of-two at her home as she came back from taking her younger child to kindergarten.
When she returned, he demanded that they reunite as a family but she refused, saying she wanted to work and raise their two children on her own without any help from him.
Pavlov punched her in the face, causing her to fall on the pavement, according to Gorno-Altaysk regional law enforcement.
As he pulled out an axe from under his coat, he told her: “See how you will work now.”
Describing the attack to 360 TV from her hospital bed, Tatyana said: "He sat on top of me, knees against my hands so I couldn’t move.
“He struck me with both the blunt and the sharp sides of the axe.
“He took one hand and chopped it with the sharp side then turned the axe to smash the bone.
“My right wrist is almost completely broken with bones smashed.
“Not much can be done to save it.”
Tatyana suffered a total of seven blows to her hands during the attack.
Pavlov eventually agreed to her pleas for him to stop, but made her vow not to report him to the police.
“He offered to take me home but I refused,” she said.
“Our older child was home and anyway I would have not made it back upstairs. I would have fainted.
“I asked him to call the ambulance and promised not to complain to police.”
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She said: “He put my hat on my head so that I didn’t get cold, and left.
“He was completely calm, he didn't yell, as if what happened was something normal.”
Doctors were unable to sew Tatyana's axed little finger back on.
Friends say Tatyana had complained to police during and after the decade-long relationship with Pavlov, and that he had previously threatened her with a knife.
One said: “He has always been threatening her.
"He told her: 'No-one will have you. You will always be mine or I'll kill you.'"
The case has been highlighted by domestic abuse campaigner Margarita Grachyova, who herself lost one hand and suffered permanent disability to the other when her then-husband attacked her with an axe three years ago.
She called on the Russian government to toughen laws to protect domestic abuse victims and make it easier for them to get help.
"I strongly want to believe that the state will change its mind on domestic violence soon,” she said.
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