Svetlana and Ksenya stayed with Kathrine for nearly a month.
His wife, Raisa (and later, First Lady Svetlana Medvedeva), favored the designer and his pieces.
And Svetlana had refused his demands that she sign away any rights to the house.
“Otherwise, he said, he would take the child away,” Svetlana reports.
Svetlana and Ksenya would agree with that assessment—they remember arriving in a daze.
A couple of pensioners Vitaliy Ilyin and his wife Svetlana could not sleep, when they heard about the crackdown on Maidan.
Fifty-five-year-old Svetlana also was worried about the threat of violence but highlighted economic worries as deciding her vote.
Three years ago I met Svetlana Gorohovik, a young activist, at the prayer meeting outside the Red Church.
“Kirill was a very sweet, wonderful child, who was loved very much,” Svetlana says.
Her red-haired friend Svetlana chimed in, “Between two evils we choose Russia.”