Shalva Chigirinsky is a Russian businessman operating in real estate and oil sectors.
Early life and education
Shalva Chigirinsky was born in 1950 in Kutaisi. He graduated from the Moscow Medical Academy.
In 1987, he emigrated to Spain and later to Germany, where in 1989, he became a co-founder of the real estate development company STT Group. In 1990s in became a major shareholder of Sibir Energy, a London-listed Russian oil company. In 2009, the company sued Chigirinsky for at least US$325 million for a failed bid to sell his real estate assets to the company. He faces several other lawsuits in different jurisdictions. His stake in the company was taken over by Sberbank, pledged as loan collateral. There is an investigation concerning alleged tax evasion by Chigirinsky.
Chigirinsky is divorced and has six children. He and the mother of four of his children, Tatiana Panchenkova, divorced in 2009. She testified in a Connecticut court that he beat her for more than ten years.