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Milstein said the children are at Zaitsev's parents' home in Moscow. He added that Zaitsev's ex-wife, Margo Gotovtseva, knows where the children are and that they're safe.
Gotovtseva posted a video on Instagram on Friday which appears to show her children being forcibly taken.
She released an additional statement, which contradicts Milstein's words. She says the children were living with her, and although she allowed weekend visitations for the kids to see Zaitsev's parents, she never approved of the children living with them permanently. Gotovtseva added that she hasn't seen or heard from her kids in 12 days.
The Senators are aware of the situation, as they released the following statement Friday, according to TSN 1200:
The Sens announced on Nov. 22 that Zaitsev had gone back to Russia for personal reasons. He missed just one game before returning to the lineup on Nov. 25.
In his first campaign with Ottawa following an offseason trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the 28-year-old has recorded seven points in 28 contests.