In 2014 – a year after marrying Kira – he used money from the sale of property he owned in Russian with his mother Vera to pay £2.5m for another property in Withdean Road.He then swapped another house in the street in order to purchase one next to the new property.The tycoon then spent a further £2m on renovating the two homes, including building a summer house, swimming pool and marble fittings.Complicating the case is the fact that Mr Fedotov transferred the two Brighton houses into his wife and her father’s names.He claims he only did this in order protect himself against negative publicity in his native Russia, and that he is still the rightful owner. Sergey Fedotov and his wife Kira Castle Grant in Morayshire, Scotland – bought by Sergey Fedotov for £1 million in 2014Credit:David Gowans/Alamy He denies using stolen money to buy the 16th century Highland castle.During a Moscow court hearing, Mr Fedotov insisted that Castle Grant was bought lawfully and the purchase was modest as the castle was worth only the price of a small apartment in Moscow. In a 19-page writ issued against his estranged wife, Mr Fedotov accuses her of arranging for a team of lorries to remove the valuable items from their extensive properties in Brighton’s Withdean Road.In 2012 Mr Fedotov bought two houses in the street – located in one of the city’s most expensive areas – for £2.8m and £1.5m each. Mr Fedotov says he was subjected to a barrage of criticism in Russian about his ownership of properties in the UK property ownership.He says this culminated in a threat to his son made in 2014 after a business partner leaked details of his houses and confidential business dealings to the Russian press.Mr Fedotov says he took the decision to temporarily move to the “safety of his properties in Brighton” and transferred their ownership to his wife and her father Egenii Tupitsyn so his names did not appear on the buildings’ documentation But the tycoon’s own recent behaviour has not been without controversy.He was ousted as head of the Russian Authors’ Society – the body which collects royalties for writers – in September, after being accused of a series of financial scandalsThree months earlier he had been charged in Russia with carrying out a multi-million pound fraud to fund what was described as his lavish lifestyle.Mr Fedotov, 39, was arrested in Moscow and was held in custody accused of a massive embezzlement in order to fund his purchase of Castle Grant in Moray for £1 million in 2014. He says that because he trusted his wife he did not have a formal deed drawn up.The writ claims that when Mr Fedotov decided to sell the houses for £3.3m in March this year, she refused to sign the relevant documents and claimed the property was hers, before trying to sell the house herself behind his back.Mr Fedotov now wants the High Court in London to declare that he remains the rightful owner of the two Withdean Road properties as well as a third house on the street.His wife and father in law made no financial contributions to the items, and he is their sole owner, the writ claims.He claims Mrs Fedotova has refused to return them and he is now seeking their return, as well as a declaration that he owns contents she removed.It is understood Mrs Fedotova denies her husband’s claims and plans to contest them in court.UPDATE: Following publication of this article, Mr Fedotov withdrew his claim against his wife. A wealthy Russian businessman is involved in a bitter £4 million legal battle with his estranged wife after accusing her of stealing dozens of valuable items from their homes in Britain.Sergey Fedotov has accused his wife Kira of carting off sculptures by Dali and other valuable works of art in a fleet of lorries as part of the dispute which followed the collapse of their marriage.Kira Fedotova is accused of removing £800,000 worth of sculptures, paintings and antique furniture from the £3m houses she shared with her husband, taking some of them to her new home in Switzerland and auctioning the rest.These included three bronzes by Salvador Dali bought for £95,000 each from an antique fair in Paris; a £30,000 bronze sculpture by Lorenzo Quinn; paintings, prints and photos by Savid Lachapelle worth at least £100,000; and items tailor-made for his London flat.Mrs Fedotova is also accused of arranging for the removal of suits of armour and £26,000 worth of antique furniture, as well as the user and owner manuals for his extensive collection of Rolls Royce and Bentley vintage cars.Mr Fedotov is now suing Mrs Fedotova in the High Court for return of the art work and other property. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.