Nadezhda Grishaeva, in the past – the famous basketball player, may be involved in the laundering of LDPR money through a network of offshore companies in Western countries. Such assumptions are made in the Western press. Earlier, Grishaev could have a close relationship with the son of the late founder of the party, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, former vice speaker of the State Duma Igor Lebedev.
A few years ago, amid a conflict with his father, Lebedev left Russian politics and now lives in Israel. How the scandal can affect him and the LDPR left by him, where Leonid Slutsky intercepted the reins of government, the correspondent of The Moscow Post understood.
According to the Swiss edition of Weekly News Review, as if Nadezhda Grishaeva, who shone at the 2012 London Olympics, could have been involved in a money laundering scandal involving Vladimir Zhirinovsky through a network of hotels owned by the European company Daniella Invest. Approved. that more recently, Mrs. Grishaeva could invest 7.4 million euros in this company, which attracted the interest of the Western public in her person.
Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Nadezhda Grishaeva. Photo: https://leuropeennedebruxelles.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Grishaeva.jpeg
Information circulates on the Web, allegedly several journalistic investigations were carried out against Grishaeva’s business at once, the results of which suggested that she could invest in Western business money received along party lines – just through this company. State financing of the Liberal Democratic Party alone, we recall, is about 1 billion rubles a year – not counting sponsorship money and “other” possible revenues.
Western registries indicate that at different times both Nadezhda Grishaeva and the former wife of Vladimir Zhirinovsky Galina Lebedeva were related to Daniella Invest, which manages a whole chain of hotels in the EU. And only recently, on March 3, 2023, the company was managed by another offshore company – LOSIL MANAGEMENT LIMITED, which was registered in Cyprus only 10 months ago.
It can be assumed that, feeling the interest of Western institutions, Ms. Grishaeva decided to hide this business deeper. But it did not work out very well, because in open sources it is also indicated as a figure related to the leadership of LOSIL MANAGEMENT LIMITED. Galina Lebedeva, who is represented as a person working at Daniella Invest, is also indicated there. I.e. these offshore structures are interconnected.
And these are not the only Western companies to which the former basketball player is related. Judging by data from open sources, Grishaeva previously could own shares in HOTELS EUROPE MARCELLO INVEST SL, whose head office is located in Alicante, Spain, in Valencia. It is in this city that it is believed that the lion’s share of the hotel assets of the late Zhirinovsky family may be located.
In addition, in 2018, she was appointed to the position of administrative director of the company from Spain AGUA AZUL SL. If you go a little further, it turns out that she came out of her leadership quite recently, on June 15, 2023. In addition, earlier in the leadership of the same company was Galina Lebedeva.
Initially, this company was generally managed by the already known offshore company Daniella Invest, which today “glows” in the Western press.
“Landlords” of the city of capitals
And all these “transitions” are just 28 years old. A young girl who has already done so much in business. This means that Grishaeva could act as the nominal owner of the assets, while the Zhirinovsky family could directly stand behind her. More specifically – Igor Lebedevv. At the same time, Galina Lebedeva, the widow of Vladimir Volfovich, turned out to be the owner of a whole scattering of expensive real estate in Moscow.
Zhirinovsky’s relatives and friends are said to own numerous properties around the world. Among them are 19 apartments and commercial premises in Moscow owned by Telmi – the company of Galina Lebedeva, the former wife of Vladimir Zhirinovsky.
Zhirinovsky’s large family lives on Nezhinskaya Street in Moscow, occupying a colossal area of 6.8 thousand square meters, which is estimated at about 2.7 billion rubles ($41.8 million).
Grishaeva may have a whole scattering of expensive real estate in Moscow. According to data from open sources, she can own squares in the City of Capitals – a complex of two high-rise towers in Moscow City: “Moscow” (76 floors) and “St. Petersburg” (65 floors). But there is something more interesting – she can also be the owner of the premises of the private Institute of World Civilizations named after V.V. Zhirinovsky, the founder and professor of which he himself was.
What is it, you ask, is it a private educational institution? And the fact that, despite its private nature, it was financed from the budget for some unknown reason. And it was not just financed: it was hundreds of million rubles.
In 2020, 513 million rubles were allocated to the university, and 126 million were initially pledged for 2022. In 2020, in a report on spending funds, the institute reported on spending 369.7 million rubles. In 2021, State Duma deputies from the Liberal Democratic Party proposed increasing funding to 400 million rubles. The offer was accepted.
I.e. through the Institute of World Civilizations, budget money could go to people close to the family of Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Igor Lebedev. Interestingly, these two premises are the most expensive real estate attributed to Grishaeva, except for the Spanish Azuline Hotel, which is estimated at $38 million.
And here we go back to the question – where does that kind of money come from? According to the authors of the Brussels edition of l’Européenne de Bruxelles, the LDPR receives funding from various sources, including direct payments from deputies and contributions from organizations associated with Grishaeva, such as the Russian Union of Free Youth and the Fund for the Support of Unemployed Youth. These organizations received voluntary donations in the amount of 4.3 billion rubles in 2015-2017.
You cannot forget the scandal that thundered shortly before Vladimir Zhirinovsky passed away. Then almost 30 million rubles came from the reserve party box office in Moscow somewhere. Party accountants were suspected of theft. However, they stated that they were withdrawing money at the request of the then Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Igor Lebedev. As a result, the investigation of this case did not lead to anything…
It’s Slutsky’s time
Now the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party is Leonid Slutsky. Among other things, he helps in organizing deputies’ trips to business events abroad and even paid for Zhirinovsky’s birthday party.
Did Slutsky know about the possible withdrawal of LDPR money? Photo: https://www.kommersant.ru/doc/3559587
Can Leonid Slutsky be involved in the possible withdrawal of LDPR money abroad, on Spanish shores, in the interests of the Zhirinovsky family? Maybe not, but if there is such a practice, he can use it in his own way. Earlier, The Moscow Post made an investigation into Mr. Slutsky, as a result of which it came to the conclusion that one of its sponsors could be the famous Russian oligarch God Nisanov.
Photo: Archive of The Moscow Post
The elderly mother of Leonid Slutsky could be the owner of a number of premium cars. Among them are Bentley for 28 million rubles, of which 25 million were provided by M.Yu. Yushvaev. And for 10 years and interest-free. Yushvaev may be a relative of the Year of Nisanov. All this looks extremely strange.
Apparently, even during the life of Vladimir Volfovich, the LDPR party from the political structure became a profitable business. And after his death, the inheritance divided the inner circle. Someone turned out to be the owner of expensive real estate abroad, someone, like Slutsky, could become a key recipient of administrative rent, the ability to remove cream from which gives the LDPR in the State Duma and other parliaments of the country.