Russian billionaire's ex wins £453m in Britain's biggest divorce settlement after husband & son plotted to hide fortune

A RUSSIAN billionaire's ex has won £453million in Britain's biggest divorce settlement today.

The finale to the High Court battle comes after a judge found Tatiana Akhmedova's former husband and son plotted to hide the huge fortune.

She had argued her ex has hidden assets and accused their 27-year-old son, Temur Akhmedov, of acting as his dad's "lieutenant" in the legal scrap.

Today, a judge made rulings in Ms Akhmedova's favour and granted her the enormous sum after noting the "formidable smokescreen" created to conceal assets.

It marks the end of Britain's most expensive divorce case ever, which began five years ago.

Ms Akhmedova, from Russia but lives in London, said her son helped his father, Farkhad Akhmedova hide assets, and owed her nearly £70 million.

Temur Akhmedov said his mother's claim against him should be dismissed.

The mum-of-two had already successfully sued her son to get more than £70million and a £5million property in Moscow as the family broke apart.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles heard evidence in the bitter battle between mother and son at a trial in the Family Division of the High Court in London.


She quoted the first line of Russian novel Anna Karenina in her written ruling, saying: "All happy families are alike, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

"With apologies to Tolstoy, the Akhmedov family is one of the unhappiest ever to have appeared in my courtroom."

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."

During their marriage they enjoyed a lavish lifestyle – splitting time between a £39million mansion in Surrey and a £27.8million holiday home.

Farkhad Akhmedov, worth £900million, said in a statement: "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.”

A spokesman for the couple's son said he only got involved to stop the "war between his parents", adding: "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."


Ms Akhmedova was awarded a 41.5 per cent share of Mr Akhmedov's £1 billion-plus fortune by another British judge in late 2016.

Mr Justice Haddon-Cave, who oversaw a hearing in London, said Ms Akhmedova should walk away with £453 million – the award is thought to be the biggest of its kind made in Britain.

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

Mr Akhmedov argued because he and his ex-wife are not British and were not married in Britain, a British judge should not have made a decision.

Mrs Justice Knowles heard that Mr Akhmedov transferred a super-yacht, the Luna, worth around £340 million, and an art collection, worth around £110 million, into the ownership of trusts in Liechtenstein.

A statement from Ms Akhmedova today said: "Since our divorce in 2016 the conduct of my ex-husband Farkhad, has left a trail of destruction and
pain in his wake.

"He has driven a vendetta born from his lies, that set out to destroy not only myself but sadly to try and drive a wedge between a mother and son. Fortunately that bond is unbreakable.

"As a father he has manipulated his parental responsibility, as a husband he has dishonoured the role of being a good father and instead has sought to destroy and drive his vindictive propaganda to manipulate, mock and utilise the courts in England and overseas.

"Today's judgement is the inevitable conclusion given Farkhad’s failure to behave honourably in the first instance. This settlement should have been reached amicably as I offered on so many occasions.

"Money does not replace the permanent damage and scars to my children or the devastation that Farkhad has implemented on his own family and children.

"As a mother and grandmother, I will gladly take the protectorate role over my family where Farkhad has failed.

"I always knew that my strength would prevail through the smoke and mirrors as presented by Farkhad and his circus of illusionists."

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