A Russian billionaire’s ex has won a whopping £435m in the UK’s biggest divorce settlement.
In a High Court battle, a judge found that Tatiana Akhmedova’s former husband was plotting to hide his fortune, reports The Sun.
The Russian, who currently lives in the UK, also accused her 27-year-old son, Temur Akhmedova, of acting in his dad’s favour throughout the legal spat.
It was found that a ‘formidable smokescreen’ was created to hide the assets, so the judge favoured Ms Akhmedova and granted her the huge sum of money.
Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles labelled the family as being one of the most ‘unhappy’ she’s ever come across.
Quoting the Russian novel ‘Anna Karenina,’ she said: “All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
She added: “The wife has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the husband’s wealth beyond her reach.”
Following the results, Temur Akhmedova, who is worth £900m, released an official statement.
It read: “Following the London High Court’s scandalous award to my ex-wife in 2016, Burford has embarked on a staggeringly expensive global tour of the world’s courts seeking to seize assets from me and from family trusts.
“Having failed in four years to secure a meaningful judgement and got nothing from any court in the world, they returned to London to bring a cowardly action against our son.
“Entirely predictably, given its original wrong and misguided judgement, the London court has ruled in favour of visiting “the sins” of the father on an innocent and loyal son.
“Today’s judgement and the continued presence of Burford in a matrimonial matter is beneath contempt and changes nothing.”
The spokesperson of the son said that Temur only got involved in the situation as he wanted to stop the ‘war between his parents’.
They added: “Like millions of young people, Temur has been caught up in the break-up of his parents’ marriage.
“While he fundamentally disagrees with this judgment, he would consider it a price worth paying should it lead to a reasonable settlement between the parents he both loves.”
Before the divorce, the Akhmedovas enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle. They’d split their time between their £39m Surrey mansion and holiday home worth £27.8m.
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