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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO . . .:Fortunate Pensioner




Remember Valery Sergeyev, the pensioner from the Urals trying to claim a $3.6 million inheritance from a Swiss bank for 20 years? The Moscow Times printed the would-be millionaire's story last September.


Living on his monthly 400 ruble pension, Sergeyev, 63, doesn't have the money to fly to Zurich, Switzerland to claim the inheritance that, according to family legend, his grandfather, Guri von Korsakov, left his offspring. According to the same legend, von Korsakov, who died in the 1960s, lived for many years in Germany, where he amassed a huge fortune.


To collect the documents he needs to prove his right to the money, Sergeyev went to Chuvashia, his father's birthplace, where he managed to find his family's church records. Upon returning to his Urals town of Kudymkar, he submitted the records to a local court that determined Sergeyev's grandmother was, indeed, a Korsakova. She may have been the wife of the German millionaire before he left Russia.


But now his incredible story is out, Sergeyev is no longer working alone. Several people have rushed to his aid, among them Izvestia correspondent Larisa Kallioma. She has solicited the support of lawyers to help prove Sergeyev's claim.


"If the story is true and the money really existed, it is possible to find it, but it will take Sergeyev a long time and a lot of effort to prove his claim to the inheritance," Kallioma said.


In the meantime, Sergeyev, who has lived in a pensioner's home the past four years, continues to dream of the day he will get the money.


- Tanya Mosolova