Accused Russian-wife beater: ‘Don’t let her leave the country’

A BUSINESSMAN who allegedly twice beat his pregnant Russian wife pleaded with the court yesterday to order that she not be allowed to leave the country.

David McMilan said his wife had obtained their two-year-old son’s passport and visa and was going to leave Trinidad and Tobago.

He told San Fernando Magistrate Alicia Chankar: “I am assuring that by tomorrow or by next Tuesday, she will be leaving the country with my child, back to Russia… Can you put a restriction on my wife that she is unable to leave the country? That is her sole intention.”


The magistrate said she was dealing with the matter for which he was charged and before the court.

McMilan, of Claxton Bay, appeared before the court two weeks ago on his second charge of assaulting a pregnant Tatyana Rukavishnikova.

On that day, he was sent to St Ann’s Hospital.

In January, McMilan was placed on bail for unlawfully assaulting Rukavishnikova by beating her.

Both charges were laid by PC Nagessar.

 The magistrate granted McMilan bail and also placed him and Rukavishnikova on bonds to keep the peace.

The parents of a two-year-old boy are expecting their second child this month.

Yesterday, McMilan said the report from St Ann’s Hospital stated he was mentally stable.

He claimed he was the one who was assaulted by his wife and the police, and he had a cellphone on which he recorded the second alleged incident in its entirety.

Police prosecutor Cleyon Seedan made no objection to McMilan being placed on bail but said he had an issue that both alleged incidents involved the same person and that the businessman and the alleged victim lived at the same residence.

Seedan asked about an alternative address for McMilan.

However, the court was told the house where the couple lived had been cleared.

“She is not residing in the house… She is not going to be there,” he said.

Attorney Perusha Lorde, who was seeking Rukavishnikova’s interest in the matter, confirmed she was not at the house.

Chankar placed McMilan on $50,000 bail with his friend as his surety.

As conditions of his bail, McMilan is to report to the police station twice a week and stay 100 feet away from Rukavishnikova.

“You are to have nothing to do with her,” Chankar said.

McMilan is to return to court on March 29.

Source: Trinidad Express