The shadowy Russian ‘Scarface oligarch’ who sold Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Santa Barbara home is a Moscow tycoon who claims to be at war with the Mafia and Vladimir Putin’s top officials.
54-year-old Sergey Grishin, believed to be worth $ 500 million, has made extraordinary boasting about ‘robbing’ the Russian banking system – including a scam with disappearing ink.
The Los Angeles-based banker has begged Donald Trump for a US passport and says he needs it to stay safe from Russians who are after him.
His complex relationships with glamorous women – including a Russian described by Gazprom’s NTV channel as a “ porn cam model ” – have led to a number of legal clashes, including alleged death threats.
Sergey Grishin (pictured) is the shadowy Russian ‘Scarface oligarch’ who sold Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new Santa Barbara home
One of Grishin’s romantic partners was Anna Fedoseeva (pictured together), in her late thirties, who worked at an events agency and hosted one of his birthday parties.
Grishin was the former owner of the Montecito mansion (pictured) that was sold to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Grishin has a degree in physics, but his first Moscow business venture reportedly involved home-baked cookies and hot dogs.
Nicknamed the ‘Scarface oligarch’ for his earlier purchase of the ‘Scarface’ estate – where Tony Montana was blown to pieces and Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein also stayed – he shot several videos on his private Gulfstream jet, claiming to confess that he was involved in financial machinations in the Reds-to-Riches 1990s in Russia.
He wanted to explain how ‘a single person like me can cause the collapse of the Russian banking system’, apparently as a trap for the US authorities.
His goal appeared to be to get a US passport out of the Trump administration by suggesting that he had prior knowledge of Russian abuses, which would be of interest to the FBI.
In a video filmed on his plane, he claimed he had Russian bankers use a Polish-designed pen to write checks for $ 2 million.
The special ink could then disappear, allowing him to rewrite the $ 250 million check, he claimed.
This scam was previously blamed on the Chechen mafia, he claimed.
The larger alleged heist involved financial manipulations through Estonia as the Soviet Union was collapsing into chaos, he said.
He praised Trump and his slogan to make America great again, but made it clear he wanted a US passport because, ‘I want to be safe.
‘I am currently under attack by the criminal world of Russia … including by Russia’s top government officials. ‘
Grishin’s marriage to Anna Fedoseeva (left) ended in bitterness and he posted a photo of his bloody face (right) claiming he had been a victim of domestic violence
The oligarch later met former model Ekaterina Loginova (pictured together) and began a relationship with her, reports in Russia say.
In his video message, he did not explain the alleged threats from the Mafia or Putin’s officials, but said, ‘I don’t like this … I hate this. I do not deserve this.’
In fact, surprisingly little is known about the Grishin.
In 2008 Finans magazine called him ‘one of the most mysterious Russian bankers’, who made his first money selling electronics and gasoline.
According to the Russian media, he has been married at least three times.
His last bride was Anna Fedoseeva, in her late thirties, who worked at an events agency and hosted one of his birthday parties.
She moved from St. Petersburg to California and “he started showering her with presents,” said a report.
“Her life turned into a fairy tale – Bentley, fur, expensive hotels and resorts.”
They married in March 2017 and separated 11 months later, amid demands for the return of his “ gifts, ” reports say.
His attorney Alexey Melnikov later said: “My client has spent more than $ 5 million on her, the exact amount is difficult to determine as the presents were bought at different times for rubles, US dollars, euros and Swiss francs. At that time they had traveled to many places. ‘
Legal proceedings followed in which he demanded repayment of an alleged loan from Anna and her business partner Jennifer Sulkess.
They took legal action and charged him with death threats and false imprisonment.
He posted a picture of his bloody face claiming he had been a victim of domestic violence.
Ekaterina Loginova (pictured) was described by Gazprom’s NTV channel as a ‘porn webcam model’
Sergey Grishin and American tycoon Warren Buffet play poker. The Russian businessman has lobbied for a US passport
The oligarch later met former model Ekaterina Loginova and began a relationship with her, it is reported in Russia.
But later he filed a criminal case against an assistant who has worked for him for 25 years, Svetlana Grachyova and Loginova.
He accused them of cheating on him, refuting that the banker allegedly threatened them with murder, imprisonment and accused them of a lesbian plot, reports in Russia say.
Loginova said, “Grishin invited me, my eight-month-old son and my mother to live with him in the US, and soon he introduced me and gave me an expensive ring worth several million rubles.
“He said he wanted to get married.”
She said: ‘In the summer of 2018, Grishin suddenly left for Moscow and explained to his bride that he wanted to sue his ex-wife Anna Fedoseeva.
After returning, he began to behave extremely aggressively and completely inadequate.
‘Although I already heard strange things from him before, like that he would be the next president of the United States.
But after this trip he relaxed: every day I heard how he would punish his ex-wife, put her in prison.
“Afraid of Grishin’s hatred and cruelty, I packed my things and returned to Moscow with my child and mother.”
A previous wife Anna Grishina also became involved in a legal dispute at the end of their relationship, it was reported in Moscow.