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Marianne Grin: Russian courts rule she lied about violence

JusticeIn two separate cases, courts in St. Petersburg, Russia have ruled that Marianne Grin (Марианны Гринь) and a Russian newspaper, Baltinfo,  engaged in defamation against the father of the abducted children by publishing false statements of violence that had never occurred.

The decisions are available in their original Russian text:

Grin defamation judgment (OCR version in Russian – shorter download)

Grin defamation judgment (original in Russian)

Baltinfo appeal decision (original in Russian)

The decisions, both of which were confirmed on appeal, describe how Grin fabricated a false story of “escaping” violence in Italy. Both Grin and Baltinfo have been ordered to pay the father compensation for moral damages, and to issue public retractions of the false statements.

Marianne GrinGrin’s  accusations were as elaborate as they were false, the courts found. For example, in the decision against Grin by the Dzerzhinsky court of St. Petersburg, the judge noted how she had claimed in the tabloid “Pravda.ru” of being beaten and that this led to the loss of partial eyesight in one eye.  Not only was the accusation of violence false (and unconfirmed by evidence), so was Grin’s alleged loss of eyesight. As the judge noted, Grin’s own medical records showed she had been diagnosed 20 years earlier of “a heriditary condition of strabism” in one eye. When her ex-husband filed for divorce, she attempted to attribute this condition to a non-existent violence.

(As noted elsewhere, after 12 years of marriage and four children, Grin began to assert accusations of violence only when her ex-husband filed for divorce.)

The judge also noted how Grin attempted to fabricate evidence in Russia, repeatedly taken the children as her “witnesses” to the Russian police during the many months she denied them any contact with family and relatives, coaching them on what to say.  Yet, the judge observed, the Russian police were unpersuaded by Grin’s obvious attempts to influence the children.

The decision against Baltinfo by a different St. Petersburg court was based on the publication of Grin’s false accusations without attempting to substantiate them.

This is an important win for the family, who have been battling Grin’s false accusation for years. As described elsewhere on this blog, Grin made false accusations of abuse against her own mother following a disagreement between the two. (Also in Russian.) In doing so, Grin invoked her qualification as a lawyer with a Harvard Law degree to have her mother’s parental rights over her step brother revoked, and to have her mother branded as mentally ill in the eyes of immigration authorities at the US Justice Department.

Years later, after her former husband filed for divorce and sought custody of the children in Italy, Grin attempted the same ruse. As Grin’s medical records proved, she made visits to the hospital with a reddened face after adult acne treatments, claiming that she had been beaten.  She also falsified documents in these efforts. The Italian courts dismissed all of her claims of violence. Grin not only made false accusations of abuse against her ex-husband but also against his girl-friend, the nanny that helped raise the children and other women around him. Again, all these charges were dismissed as false.

фото Марианны Гринь

фото Марианны Гринь

The recent decisions by the Russian courts follow similar decisions in Italy and the USA about Grin’s fabrications of abuse.

Grin abducted her four children after losing custody in Italy after being found by a court-appointed psychologist to be psychologically disturbed. But the problem remains that the children are still in her precarious care.

The Italian press continues to lament that lack of any action being taken to return the children to their family. In an article that appeared this month in the newspaper La Nazione, the paper noted that it was clear in the psych evaluation of June 20, 2011, that “the mother has a gravely disturbed personality” and that “the relationship of the mother with the children is of a strong psychopathic risk” because of behaviors ” that dangerously impact the psychological equilibrium of the children”.

“She was dangerous, and that was known,” writes La Nazione, yet the expert did not recommend restrictions on her visitation with the children, “because actions of  limitation could be read as confirmation of the paranoiac fantasies of the mother.”  As the article concludes, “the mother was paranoid and dangerous to the children, but lets not limit her too much or she will discover that she is paranoid and it is better not to let her find out.”

As one documented example of how Grin has severely abused the children in Russia, earlier this year she Grin placed them into Russian orphanages run by the Chabad-Lubavitch organization.

Members of the staff (also interviewed by Italian journalists) confirmed that Grin had told the children that their father no longer wanted them and would put them into orphanages in Italy if he found them. The children have now confirmed in Russian court that they were told by their mother that they had to come to Russia because their father intended to put their older brother into a mental institution in Italy.

Marianne Grin trying to stop father's legal right to pick up children at school

Marianne Grin (photo from La Repubblica newspaper)
Марианны Гринь – фото

Grin’s lies were not believed in the USA, in Italy, or by the Russian courts.  Unfortunately, the children continue to suffer by continuously being brought, by Grin, to police stations and to hospitals to report on alleged abuse. The children are the true victims of their mother’s delusions. The family is also concerned that perhaps she is harming them herself.

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Marianne Grin – Rich in Dollars but Poor in Rubles (Марианны Гринь – Многие долларов, несколько рублей)

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США паспорте – Марианна Гринь
US passport – Marianne Grin

On December 26, 2012, (Марианны Гринь) participated in a protest at the US Consulate in St Petersburg, Russia, in support of a proposed law that will prohibit Americans from adopting orphans in Russia. News reports showed Grin standing over her 10-year old daughter, tearing up her expired US passport.

It is hardly the first time Grin has dragged her children into her conflicts, and inciting a 10-year old girl to destroy an expired passport for the cameras is just another chapter.

By using a small child as a front, Grin is hiding her own US citizenship and her wealth in the USA.  It is documented beyond doubt that Grin is as rich in dollars, as she is careful to appear poor in rubles when she goes seeking help from various Russian officials and organizations.

Wealthy American Lawyer

Grin is a wealthy US citizen and a US-trained lawyer with multiple bank accounts and property holdings in the USA.  She has often commented in articles in Russian tabloid media about her efforts to return to the children to the USA, and her unsuccessful visits to the US Consulate to obtain new US passports without her husband’s consent.

Until now, she has not hidden her desire to leave Russia, including in her interview on the Iene television news program.

Raised as an American

When she was a child, Grin’s mother took her and her brother to the USA, where her family continues to live.  Her mother, who previously had worked as journalist in Moscow, arrived in the USA with nothing in 1980.  Fortunately for Grin, private and public welfare institutions gave her access to some of the USA’s best universities.

Professionally, Grin received huge salaries in New York, Paris, and then Italy, working as a lawyer in international banking and contracts for US corporations.

What did she do with all of her wealth?

Keeping the Money Out of Russia

In 1999, Grin and her former husband moved from the USA to Italy, where three of their four children were born (the oldest was born in New York).

Monthly salary - MG

Grin continued to earn good money in Italy, as her monthly pay slip and Italian and US tax returns showed.  Grin, the new anti-American, paid her taxes in Italy and the US.

Her income just from her one employer in Italy was close to $170,000 per year.

SheItalian taxes - MG declared this in her Italian tax statement.

With her wealth growing, Grin carefully avoided  ever letting her money touch Russian soil.  She did this by keeping multiple US bank accounts for this purpose, as in these examples, where she transferred over $8,000 in one month and then another $16,000 the next month from banks in Italy and Germany:

M. Grin Citibank US Dollar Account

MG - Italy and Germany transfers to US account

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While she avoided paying any taxes in Russia, Grin treated the USA (home to her money and properties) better. She was so loyal in paying taxes that the American government even

US tax payment to MGrefunded what she had overpaid, as shown in the US Treasury check to Grin in 2010.

Grin’s Foreign Assets

In her divorce proceedings, Grin declared to be the owner of three houses in California and an apartment in Italy. She did not deny taking all of her and her husband’s years of savings (this was documented by banking documents) but she did deny owning the apartment she currently occupies in St. Petersburg. (Apparently, what she owns in Russia is denied in other places: what she owns in other places is denied in Russia.)
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Grin’s multiple bank accounts in the USA keep her dollars out of site of Russian authorities. Although she is a rich corporate lawyer, a graduate of Harvard Law School, she is just a poor Russian mother to anyone naive enough not to inquire.

Apparently, Grin assumes Russians will only look at her young daughter destroying an expired passport, and not notice Grin’s hypocrisy in wanting to deny Russian orphans the benefits that she received growing up in America, and that she continues to receive through her financial holdings there.

In just one of her US private banking arrangements, Grin earns close to $5,000 per year just in interest. And this is just one of her many bank accounts in the USA.  (Grin has also maintained bank accounts in other countries outside of Russia.)

MG - interest income US bank account MG - BoA accountFor Grin, the benefit of having USA and Russian citizenship is clear:  she can appear poor in rubles to Russians she believes are too ignorant to suspect that an international corporate finance lawyer with US citizenship would also be rich in dollars.

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20,000 Visitors! The family thanks you for your support!

Corita - yes to youThis blog has reached the 20,000 visitors mark! The family and friends of the abducted children wish to express their heartfelt thanks for all the encouragement and offers of support they have received. This has only increased in the time since the children were abducted from their home in Florence, Italy and illegally taken to Russia by their non-custodial mother.

Your voices of support, and the many concrete offers of help, have been a huge contribution. As we will report in a separate post, the Russian courts have begun to understand the lies and manipulations the children are experiencing, and have also issued judgments against the mother and Russian tabloid media that published her false story of “escape” from Italy without minimally attempting to verify it.

We will provide additional information about these developments in a future post, as well as what information we can about worrisome signs that have emerged yet again about the situation the children are enduring. But for now, we just wish to say……

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Happy Chanukkà to the Children!!!

Happy Hanukkah

The family and friends of the abducted children are hoping they will see these messages.

Sam, Eli, Sara and Ezra, we love you and miss you very much!

We have special presents for you from all the family, and we trust there will soon be a way for us to give them to you.

Remember lighting the chanukkìa at the Synagogue in Florence, and playing with all your friends?

Florence Synagogue

Florence Synagogue at night

Sara, do you remember when you were just six years old and had just learned to  write, and you sat yourself in front of the TV looking for gifts to put on your list? That was a lot of fun!

Until we are together again for another joyful holiday, I send you a big hug and wish you all a very Happy Chanukkà.

Love, Papa

Happy Hanukkah from Grandpa, Roro, Ina, Kevin, Molly, Lorenzo, Zoe, and Maggi!

The children’s friends in Florence also send them their very best wishes, and to let them know that they are waiting for them to return soon!

NB:  there are different spellings of this holiday in English, all transliterations from Hebrew. Chanukkà is the spelling used in the children’s Talmud Torà (Talmud Torah) classes in Florence.

Synagogue in Florence