At the press conference she held in New York on her arrival in the United States, Svetlana unreservedly disowned communism and the Soviet Union. It’s been said that the KGB, the Soviet secret service, actually considered plans to have Svetlana killed. But no operation was ever mounted since it would have been all too obvious that the Soviets would have been behind any assassination plot.
After her spectacular arrival in the United States, Svetlana started to build her new life in a new country. But settling down proved to be difficult, perhaps not made any easier by the fact that her adult children were still in the Soviet Union, and she apparently was not in touch with them.