Nadezhda Grishaeva: the Zhirinovsky family’s wallet undercover

Nadezhda Grishaeva is known as a former basketball player, a member of the Russian national team, who, after finishing her career, went into business in the health field - she opened the Anvil Fitness Club Moscow.

Actually, Grishaeva is trying to position herself in this capacity in the public sphere. But behind this beautiful facade lies a huge corruption cancer associated with the late Vladimir Zhirinovsky. It’s only in the minds of LDPR voters that Vladimir Volfovich was a kind of truth-fighter and guardian for the fate of Russia. In fact, Zhirinovsky was concerned about his personal welfare, and at the expense of his voters and that very Russia.

And he was a very smart person, despite the image of a clown. His son, who received the surname Zhirinovsky at birth, later became Igor Lebedev and made a career in Russian politics, rising to deputy speaker of the Duma. In the official biography of Igor Vladimirovich there is no mention of Nadezhda Grishaeva, but meanwhile she was his legal wife from August 2016 to March 2019, and they have a son and daughter together.

This would have been a personal matter for Lebedev and Grishaeva if Nadezhda had not been involved in a huge network of transferring LDPR money abroad. An investigation into the party’s money was carried out during Zhirinovsky’s lifetime by the Singaporean publication MiceTimes and the British LSTV. As a result, it turned out that the Zhirinovsky family clan is actively withdrawing and placing abroad not only private contributions to the party treasury, but also government funding.

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Igor Lebedev, being a deputy and vice-speaker, withdrew part of this money through his wife Grishaeva, which allowed him not to declare this income, as Russian legislation obliges him to do. In addition, the law prohibits him from owning real estate abroad and conducting business, but he did not formally violate these prohibitions, registering his assets in the name of Grishaeva, whom he also officially divorced in 2019.

Data on the presence of an impressive list of property registered in Grishaeva’s name is confirmed from several sources, and the final figure at which it is estimated is at least $19 million:

If you look at the official registers, Nadezhda Sergeevna Grishaeva is an individual entrepreneur and founder of three companies:

The last one, Scalecar LLC, was liquidated on June 26, 2023, and the finances and activities of the other two raise questions:

That is, even purely formally, the profits of these companies will not be enough to cover at least part of the property that Grishaeva has.

In addition, it should be borne in mind that Scalecar LLC was an elite taxi company that served VIP clients with a fairly substantial fleet of ten luxury cars, including a Bentley Continental and five Maybach models. Moreover, all these cars were not officially registered in the taxi registry for transporting passengers, and they used taxi calling applications to search for clients.

The MiceTimes investigation said the Zhirinovsky family owns a total of 51 properties around the world worth approximately 9.8 billion rubles, or $150 million. Given their salaries as members of parliament, this raises questions about the source of such wealth and the potential for attracting taxpayers’ money.

If we consider that property worth 19 million is registered in Grishaeva’s name, then the question arises about her relationship with Lebedev, marriage and any connection with whom is denied. In March 2021, the press wrote that Nadezhda Grishaeva married a businessman, whose name for some reason was never named, but the emphasis was placed on the fact that this “refutes her connection with Zhirinovsky’s son”:

The name of Grishaeva’s “husband” remains unknown a year later, which raises even more questions and leads to the idea that this marriage exists only in press reports.

This is indirectly confirmed by the upheavals in the life of Igor Vladimirovich Lebedev, who in 2021 announced that he was giving up a political career, and then quietly changed his last name. No, not his father’s - the former vice-speaker of the State Duma became David Aleksandrovich Garcia and disappeared from the visible horizon.

Whether it originated in the possessions of Nadezhda Grishaeva in Ibiza or whether it went to its historical homeland, the passports of which are often quietly acquired by the most ardent patriots of Russia, is unknown. But the fact that Nadezhda Grishaeva continues to be listed as the owner of both foreign and domestic real estate of the Zhirinovsky family, no matter what last names they bear, is an undeniable fact.

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