Feedback: Watertown Man 'Lost Everything' Trying To Get Son


The only thing John Moody of Watertown has left of his ten year old son, Nickolai, are pictures.

Nearly two years ago, the boy was allegedly abducted to Ukraine by his Ukrainian mother, Moody's ex-wife. 

This past weekend, Svitlana Sorokina was arrested in New York City and returned to Jefferson County.

"I had hoped beyond hope that my son was with her," said Moody.

He wasn't.

Sorokina had returned briefly to maintain her residency status.

Speaking to 7 News reporter John Moore at the Jefferson County Jail, Sorokina claims a court order forbidding her to take the child away, doesn't apply.

"I do not believe that the order that is being quoted in the legal system is relative to the travels I took with my son," she said.

Sorokina said she spoke to Moore at the county jail against the advice of her attorney.

But then, there was an interesting contradiction when she claimed she hasn't been allowed to consult an attorney.

"I do not have an attorney up to this time, okay," said Sorokina.

Moody says he fought a very expensive, eight-year legal battle with Sorokina over everything from custody to the boy's education and medical care.

"As she repeatedly persecuted me through our own legal system, I lost everything - my home, my business, my retirement,"  said Moody.

Moore wanted to ask Sorokina about this, but she was through with the interview.

"This is the end of my commentary," she said.

So far, international proceedings to bring Nickolai back to the United States have failed.

Moody says there's one person who could help.

"I think that I need (Secretary of State) Mrs. (Hillary) Clinton to get on the telephone and call the Ukrainians and tell them to resolve this," said Moody.

The official charge against Sorokina is custodial interference.

Her bail is set at $50,000.

A preliminary hearing is set for Friday.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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