There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed or Why does State Duma Vice-Speaker Lebedev keep his marriage bonds secret? 

There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed or Why does State Duma Vice-Speaker Lebedev keep his marriage bonds secret?
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Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Vladimir Kolokoltsev has approved the dismissal of two police officers “for gross violation of official discipline,” which consisted of checking the so-called department of Nadezhda Grishaeva, the wife of nationalist Liberal Democrats leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky's son, Igor Lebedev, using information systems. It turned out that undeclared property and business of the vice speaker of the State Duma was registered in her name. However, Lebedev’s property is registered not only in his spouse’s name, but also in that of his mother Galina Lebedeva, as well as his close friends. The CrimeRussia found out the ex-basketball player Nadezhda Grishaeva's current affairs, how rich the 70-year-old Galina Lebedeva is, and what her son, 47-year-old parliamentarian Igor Lebedev, is hiding.

Illegal access to Grishaeva

So, two police officers were fired on the recommendation of Head of the General Administration of Internal Security of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Lieutenant General Alexander Makarov.

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Lieutenant General Alexander Makarov

The reason for the dismissal of the police officers was that they found the wife and undeclared property of Vladimir Zhirinovsky's son, Igor Lebedev, who, as a parliamentarian, decided not to advertise his multi-million dollar declarations, but re-register part of the property that he “worked so hard to achieve” in the name of ex-basketball player Nadezhda Grishaeva, his secret wife.

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky with his daughter-in-law Nadezhda Grishaeva

According to available information, employees of the General Administration of Internal Security registered three cases of Grishaeva's appearance in search queries after a journalistic investigation was circulated in the media this February mentioning her in connection with the Zhirinovsky-Lebedev family.

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky and his son Igor Lebedev

Then, several employees of the Ministry of Internal Affairs from different departments at once were suspected of “unreasonable access to information resources.” For example, the deputy head of one of the MIA departments was checked by the Internal Security Department (some sources say it was Colonel Nikolay Tsurkan). In particular, on February 25, a request for Nadezhda Grishaeva was recorded from his account in the Pathfinder-M system, after which he explained to special police officers that he had information that “government officials withdrew money from Russia through the Destini company, whose alleged head was Nadezhda Grishaeva.” As well as that “the information about the illegal activities of Grishaeva was not confirmed.”

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Explanations of the interviewed colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

Whereas the Internal Security Department officers did not reveal actions that went beyond the scope of their official powers in relation to the mentioned colonel, they had some serious questions to ask other two police officers. 

On February 25, there was a search query about Nadezhda Grishaeva in the MIA system. It was sent via the account of Boris Zheleznyak, major for the operational duty police department in the Rostokino district (it is possible that the name has been changed). In turn, he explained to secret agents that he was not the one sending requests regarding Grishaeva, and one of his colleagues could use his account. Allegedly, “criminal investigation officers and police officers repeatedly entered the room where the computer is installed, for the purpose of various checks on information records.” However, secret agents saw violation of the Law “On Personal Data” in the major’s actions, because he did not provide measures to protect information from “unlawful access and dissemination.”

The third search query about Nadezhda Grishaeva was sent on March 27 through the GIBDD-M system. Someone tried to check whether there were any cars registered in her name. Employee of one of the traffic police registration divisions, Major Sergey Znatkov (name may be changed) fell under suspicion, since the request was made from his account. He could not say anything specific to the General Administration of Internal Security employees.

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Internal document of May 23, 2019 signed by Lieutenant General Alexander Makarov

According to the check results, Head of the General Administration of Internal Security General Alexander Makarov recommended the dismissal of the aforementioned majors “for gross violation of official discipline.” The results of the check and recommendations were directly approved by Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Vladimir Kolokoltsev.

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Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev approved the determination on the results of the check

State Duma Deputy Speaker Igor Lebedev refused to comment on this.

Basketball is long gone

30-year-old Moscow resident Nadezhda Grishaeva, the daughter of the famous Russian basketball player Sergey Grishaev, used to play in the national team of Russia and Moscow Dinamo. As for sports achievements, she was the silver medalist of the Euroleague (2010-2011), the holder of the European Cup (2013-2014), and the silver medalist of the Russian Championship in Women Basketball (2010-2011).

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Nadezhda Grishaeva is also known as a model

Back in May 2014, Grishaeva tried to find family happiness with the help of the TV program Davay Pozhenimsya (‘Let's Get Married’) on Channel One, hoping that a certain Filipp Bishkinsky would make her a proposal of marriage.

But in August 2016, the marriage of Nadezhda Grishaeva to Igor Lebedev, which was not advertised anywhere, was registered in the Kutuzovsky registry office of Moscow. The same year, Grishaeva had a daughter, and in 2018, she had a son. Neither the spouse nor her income are mentioned in Lebedev’s 2017 declaration.

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Nadezhda Grishaeva (left) and Igor Lebedev

It is known that Igor Lebedev has two sons with his ex-wife Lyudmila, twins Alexander and Sergey.

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Vladimir Zhirinovsky, his ex-wife Galina Lebedeva, and their senior grandchildren

It is noteworthy that the cyclopedia of famous biologist Galina Lebedeva mentions only her senior grandchildren. The children of Igor Lebedev and Nadezhda Grishaeva are not indicated as Galina Lebedeva’s grandchildren.

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Excerpt from Galina Lebedeva's cyclopedia

By the way, Igor Lebedev’s Facebook page says he is single. Is it because he “forgot” to declare the property of his wife, which is valued at at least 800 million rubles ($12.4 million)?

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Igor Lebedev’s Facebook account

It is known that until 2015, Igor Lebedev himself controlled all his and father’s capitals. And then, in 2015, the control went over to Galina Lebedeva and his close friends, in particular, Sergey Chalyshev, head of Lebedev’s secretariat in the State Duma, and biker Daniil Bondar, owner of the Fin-Art Group studio. In 2018, the main part of movable and immovable property was registered in the name of Nadezhda Grishaeva, who was already an ex-basketball player at the time. By the way, Igor Lebedev enjoys football. According to available information, he even wanted to buy out a stake in one of the European football clubs, but the EU sanctions list prevented him from doing it.

To marry a millionaire

Thus, soon after the wedding, Nadezhda Grishaeva became the owner of an apartment with an area of 117 m² in the elite residential complex Kutuzovskaya Riviera located at Nezhinskaya Street in Moscow worth about 36.5 million rubles ($569,217). It should be stressed that Galina and Igor Lebedev used to own three 4-storey apartments of 328 m² each on the same street in buildings No. 3 and No. 4 at 14 Nezhinskaya Street. until recently, Galina Lebedeva was the head of the local homeowners' association Gorodok Nadezhny.

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The Lebedev-Zhirinovsky’s suite at 14 Nezhinskaya Street in Moscow

In addition, the Lebedevs have an apartment of about 200 m² on Tverskaya Street, Moscow, which is now owned by Telmi LLC, established in 2014 by the Cyprus offshore company Hargue Holding Limited. In turn, Telmi is a co-founder of Raritet-M LLC together with Galina Lebedeva.

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Galina Lebedeva

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Galina Lebedeva is a co-founder of the construction company Raritet-M LLC

As for Nadezhda Grishaeva, she also owns a dozen luxury cars (a Bentley Continental and nine S-Class Mercedes-Benz cars with a total value of over 86 million rubles or $1.34 million) and two non-residential premises with an area of 873 m² in Sochi Barcelona Park (worth about $ 1.1 million).

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Grishaeva’s property is located on the ground floor of Barcelona-Park residential complex in Sochi

But far from all Lebedev’s property is located in Russia. The vice speaker and his relatives have chosen Spain, where their business is flourishing. To recall, in April 2018, in response to U.S. sanctions, Russian tour operators proposed blocking one of the most popular online hotel booking services, Booking.com, in the Russian Federation. Then Igor Lebedev immediately stood up to protect the service, calling the initiators of the blocking “Whackadoodles.” 

“Why doesn’t anyone propose blocking Boeing in Russia? Probably because even the most Whackadoodle tour operators and officials understand that in this case, the air transportation market in the country will disappear! Banning Booking.com, which prevents hotels from raising prices due to its coverage, is as bad,” the MP said.  
  What does Deputy Lebedev have to do with a foreign hotel aggregator, one might think? It is simple. The State Duma’s vice-speaker had to defend his family business, which depended on the mentioned resource, namely hotel business in Spain.

Igor Lebedev's personal Spanish assets – Hotels Europe Daniella Invest and Hotels Europe Marcello Invest, as well as Hotel Azul in Barcelona and Azuline Hotel in Ibiza – are registered in the name of his wife, Nadezhda Grishaeva.

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One of the Lebedev family hotels on Booking.com

According to Spanish media, the ex-basketball player even invested €7.4 million in Hotels Europe Daniella.

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Company owner Nadezhda Grishaeva

A suite of 133 m² in the Mediterranean Villa Gadea residential complex, which is located in the Spanish village of Altea and in which Lebedev invested €400 thousand is registered in the name of Go Evolution International 21 SL. The mother and son Lebedevs are listed among the managers of this company.

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The company is managed by Galina and Igor Lebedev

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Villa Gadea residential complex

There's no law against living the good life

There, at the foot of the Sierra de Bernia, in an elite village dubbed as the “Spanish Rublevka,” overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, is an 800-meter estate belonging to Lebedev-Zhirinovsky: a palace of 461 m² with a terrace, garden and pool worth €3.3 million.

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A mansion in Altea Hills, Norway Street

The villa community Altea Hills belongs to Inaugural SL, which was previously headed by Galina Lebedeva. It is known that from June 2018, it was controlled by Daniil Bondar’ and Sergey Chalyshev. The company's registered capital is €3.3 million.

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Daniil Bondar’ is a close friend of Igor Lebedev

By the way, back in 2014, a 2-story 442 m² penthouse worth about 87 million rubles ($1.35 million) in Dubai was found among Igor Lebedev’s property, the acquisition of which was completed in 2012, when he made the last of six payments. He did not declare this apartment, nor did he comment on its availability. However, Lebedev disowned involvement in all of the above, calling the list of property made public “complete nonsense.” There was no reaction of the State Duma either, despite the fact that Igor Lebedev violated several points of the law “On the status of a member of the Federation Council and the status of a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.”

Some sources say a certain part of the family’s property also belongs to the nephews of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Pavel Zhirinovsky and Alexander Balberov, as well as the elder sister of the LDPR leader.

Registration documents and annual reports on companies managed by close friends of State Duma’s deputy speaker Igor Lebedev can be found here https://villalebedeva.baza.io/proofs .

In addition, there is information that with the help of Daniil Bondar’, who is responsible for placing LDPR advertising materials, the Zhirinovsky-Lebedev family managed to cash out more than 830 million rubles ($12.9 million) from the party budget over the past 5 years, which is more than 90% of payments from the budget state. For example, it is known that one of the oldest parliamentary parties received 3.5 billion rubles ($54.5 million) of budget financing in the period 2013-2017.

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