Housewife Fights for $581 Million She is Owed by Her Russian Billionaire Ex-Husband

Housewife Fights for $581 Million She is Owed by Her Russian Billionaire Ex-Husband

A housewife fighting to get her hands on nearly £450million ($581million) she is owed by her Russian billionaire ex-husband is preparing for the next step in a three-year legal battle.

Tatiana Akhmedova, who is in her 40s, was awarded a 41.5 per cent share of businessman Farkhad Akhmedov’s £1billion-plus fortune by a British divorce court judge in late 2016.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, who analysed the case at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London, said Ms Akhmedova should walk away with £453million ($585 million).

But, the judge has been told, she has so far pocketed about £5million ($6million).

He heard that Mr Akhmedov had not ‘voluntarily’ paid a penny.

Ms Akhmedova has taken steps to freeze assets, begun legal action in England and abroad, and Mr Justice Haddon-Cave has ruled that Mr Akhmedov’s £346million ($447million) yacht, the MV Luna, should be transferred into her name.

A judge in London is now set to analyse the latest stage of the litigation at another hearing due to take place early in November.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles says Ms Akhmedova has succeeded in serving legal papers relating to an application for asset freezing orders on Mr Akhmedov.

The judge said she had been trying to serve the application by WhatsApp.

That had not worked, ‘probably’ because Mr Akhmedov had blocked the number.

An attempt at delivering documents to Mr Akhmedov’s office in Moscow had been ‘refused’.

But, Mrs Justice Knowles, said documents had now been successfully delivered to Mr Akhmedov’s personal email – without any ‘bounce-back’.

The judge has given details of the hearing in a ruling summarising the latest developments in the case.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles says she will consider issues concerning documents relating to Mr Akhmedov’s financial affairs at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

The judge has given details of the hearing in a ruling summarising the latest developments in the case.

She had analysed issues at a hearing earlier this year.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave’s £453million award is thought to be the biggest of its kind made in England and Wales.

He heard that Ms Akhmedova came from eastern Europe, but had been a British citizen since 2000.

She had been a housewife and mother to the couple’s now grown-up sons.

Mr Akhmedov argued he had made a ‘special contribution’ to the generation of wealth.

But Mr Justice Haddon-Cave concluded that both had made ‘equal contributions to the welfare of the family’.

A spokesman for Farkhad Akhmedov said: ‘Mr Akhmedov and his ex wife were both Russian citizens when they were married in 1992 and subsequently divorced in 2000 in Moscow.

‘Following that divorce, Mr Akhmedov provided lavishly for his ex-wife and their two sons

‘He does not believe she had any rights to pursue a further matrimonial settlement 13 years later in England and that the English High Court was misguided in making any award against him.’

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