His dad claimed that Dmitri was distant and would often lose his temper. And the strained relationship within the family contributed to Dmitri, by now a teenager, acting out. “[I was] drinking and stuff, and I got into trouble,” Dmitri subsequently told the Daily Record. “They thought I was too out of control for them.” At that point, his adoptive parents had three biological kids of their own.
Dmitri, however, saw his behavior as being typical of teenagers in the area. His relationship with the family had nonetheless virtually disintegrated by the time that he was 13. He and his brother, Andrey, were moved into their own apartment in nearby Dalgety Bay, only seeing their dad a few times each month to get money and groceries.
“It was so hard growing up with them because they treated their own kids a lot better,” Dmitri explained. “They would say things like, ‘I wish we had never adopted you.’ It was hurtful and didn’t make sense while I was young. It made me angry.”