A four-year-old boy suffered devastating burns following a deliberate explosion caused by an angry father after he was reportedly left by his wife.
Emin Devletov was left with harrowing face, arm and leg wounds as a result of an alleged gas cylinder explosion caused by his father Edem Devletov, 43.
The boy was caught up in a bitter divorce battle between his parents, claim reports in the Russian media.
His mother Edie Devletova, 26, told police the father had made threats "to kill or hurt" their son following the repeated abuse she suffered.
He then "abducted" the boy and took him to remote woodland in Crimea, say reports in the region annexed by Russia from Ukraine.
Edie said: "My ex-husband forcibly took my child away from me, and then blackmailed, and intimidated me with violence.
"He did everything as he said – he blew up a gas cylinder after taking the child into the forest."
Edie went public over the case after claiming police had failed to take threats to her and the children seriously.
The father allegedly waited two days to drop the boy with his relatives so he could receive hospital treatment.
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Enim is now receiving treatment in Simferopol hospital, where his father is also being treated for burns under an armed police guard.
The Russian Investigative Committee said: "Currently, the minor is in a medical facility with burns to his limbs and face with a total area of up to 13%.
"His condition is more stable, there is no threat to life."
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The explosion was in the father’s car, said the committee, which said it was taking the mother’s allegations seriously.
"A number of unlawful acts have been established against the boy's mother by her husband,” said a statement.
"The issue of initiating a criminal case is being resolved."
Alena Popova, head of the organisation Ty Ne Odna, meaning "You are not alone", which helps assist victims of domestic violence, said law enforcement only took action after acts of violence occurred.
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"Laws on the protection of victims of domestic violence have been adopted in 156 countries of the world, but not Russia," she said.
"We demand the adoption of a law to protect victims of domestic violence.
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