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Russian oligarch wins back £330m superyacht in historic divorce battle

Russian oligarch wins back £330m superyacht in historic divorce battle

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  • Farkhad Akhmedov is an oil and gas billionaire
  • A Dubai appeals court overrules the order of a British judge
An oligarch close to Russian President Vladimir Putin has won back his £330m superyacht in the latest round of one of the most expensive divorce battles in legal history.

Farkhad Akhmedov was said to be “not surprised” after a Dubai appeals court overturned an earlier decision in a British court to remove the vessel from him.

The British court had ruled that the oil and gas billionaire should pay his ex-wife £460m, 40 per cent of his fortune, in a divorce settlement that is one of the largest in UK history.

The tycoon, whose net worth is estimated at $1.4bn (£1bn), bought the MV Luna in 2014. The yacht, which previously belonged to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, has two helipads, at least nine decks and a mini submarine.

‘Forged’ divorce documents

The Luna is at the centre of the couple's divorce (Photo: Christopher Pike)

The Luna is at the centre of the couple’s divorce (Photo: Christopher Pike)

Lawyers for Mr Akhmedov’s ex-wife Tatiana Akhmedova, a Russian citizen with the permanent right to remain in the UK, called the Dubai court’s decision “procedural” and reportedly vowed to continue fighting.

They added that “she successfully obtained additional orders in the English court” last week to secure the vessel.

As the divorce continues, the pair has also given differing accounts of when their relationship broke down.

Ms Akhmedova insists the marriage lasted until 2012, but her ex-husband puts the date at 2000, despite Russian and British judges finding no evidence of this.

In the 2017 British divorce ruling, Justice Haddon-Cave concluded that the original divorce documents were “forged” and imposed a freeze on the oligarch’s worldwide assets so that his ex-wife could rescue money she was due.

But the Dubai Court of Appeal removed Ms Akhmedova’s claim to the superyacht and ordered her to pay her former husband’s legal costs.



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