Divorcee is awarded Russian billionaire ex-husband's £340m superyacht

Divorcee is awarded Russian billionaire ex-husband’s £340m superyacht and £110m art collection after he refused to hand over £450m owed from marriage ending

  • Tatiana Akhmedova has been fighting in British courts to get the millions owed
  • In 2016 she was awarded 41.5 per cent share of Farkhad Akhmedov fortune
  • Mr Akhmedov has moved vast amounts of his money into Liechtenstein trusts 

A divorcee trying to get her hands on around £450 million she is owed by her Russian billionaire ex-husband has scored victories in the latest round of a long-running legal battle.

Tatiana Akhmedova, who lives in London, was awarded a 41.5% share of businessman Farkhad Akhmedov’s £1 billion-plus fortune by a British 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 £453 million.

Tatiana Akhmedova (pictured) is awarded her Russian billionaire ex-husband’s £340m superyacht and £110m art collection as Farkhad Akhmedov refused to hand over £450m owed

But judges have heard that she has so far pocketed about £5 million and that Mr Akhmedov has not ‘voluntarily’ paid a penny.

Mr Akhmedov has said that, because he and his ex-wife, who is from eastern Europe, are not British, and were not married in Britain, a British judge should not have made a decision.

Ms Akhmedova says Mr Akhmedov, a former oil and gas trader, has tried to put assets beyond her reach and she has taken legal action in Britain and abroad in a bid to get hold of what she is owed.

That has led to her becoming embroiled in litigation with a number of trusts based in Liechtenstein, into which Mr Akhmedov has transferred assets.

A judge analysing the latest stage of that litigation has made rulings in Ms Akhmedova’s favour.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles had been told how Mr Akhmedov had transferred a super-yacht, the Luna, worth around £340 million, and an art collection, worth around £110 million, into the ownership of a number of trusts in Liechtenstein.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave had said the yacht and art collection should be transferred to Ms Akhmedova.

But trustees had asked Mrs Justice Knowles to release them from their ‘obligations to execute transfers’.

They said orders telling them to transfer the yacht and art collection would ‘require’ them to act in ‘violation of the law of Liechtenstein’.

Mrs Justice Knowles has refused their application.

The £340m superyacht Luna owned by Russian billionaire Farkad Akhmedov (pictured docked at Port Rashid in Dubai) was formerly owned by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abrahmovic

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Trustees of two Liechtenstein trusts, into which Mr Akhmedov had transferred ‘monetary assets’, had also said proceedings brought against them in London by Ms Akhmedova should be halted and shelved.

Mrs Justice Knowles has also refused those applications.

The judge analysed arguments at virtual hearings in the Family Division of the High Court in June and published a ruling on Friday.

Ms Akhmedova has also taken legal action against her 26-year-old son Temur, who she says is his father’s ‘lieutenant’.

Temur, a London trader, disputes allegations made against him.

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