Svetlana Bukharina spoke out after her husband violently reacted to a lost custody battle and threw the pair’s toddler, Kirill, off a NYC apartment building’s roof to his death. The mom said her husband’s behavior had been getting more troublesome leading up to the tragic murder-suicide.
Svetlana Bukharina, 32, shared eerie details of her bitter custody battle for the first time since her estranged husband Dmitriy Kanarikov pushed their son, Kirill off of a NYC skyscraper before jumping to his own death on Dec. 22. The devastated mom revealed that her husband had previously threatened her that he would “take the child away,” if he could not share custody, and his horrific crime was “his sick way” of doing just that.
Dad Throws Toddler Off Roof, Mom Reveals Fears From Custody Battle Threats
Svetlana had been growing more fearful of her husband’s threats in the days before he threw his son off an apartment building in an act of desperation. “When we first separated, Dmitriy told me that he would leave me alone only if I left him everything we had together. Money and assets were most important to him,” Svetlana explained in a statement through her lawyer, Alla Roytberg. “Otherwise he said, he would take the child away and I will ‘shoot myself from grief.'”
Svetlana believes that Dmitriy had been planning something sinister to get back at her for taking away his custody rights. “This was his sick way to take Kirill away from me,” she said, while revealing she now believes her estranged husband had been planning a murder-suicide since losing custody of his son at his last court hearing on Dec. 18 and was ordered to pay child support.
Dmitriy had said, “if I can’t have him, then you can’t,” according to a New York Post law enforcement source.
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Even after Dmitriy lost custody of his son, Kirill was enjoying having daily Skype calls with him. The calls went so well, he was granted alternating visit dates with Svetlana after Dec. 5, with a handover at the police precinct. Though Svetlana was “opposed to” and “nervous” about unsupervised visits, she admitted Kirill was happy with his dad.
“Kirill was a very sweet, wonderful child, who was loved very much,” Svetlana said of her son. “He will forever live in my heart.”
Our thoughts remain with Svetlana and the victims’ loved ones at this difficult time.
— Kristine Hope Kowalski