The ex-wife of a Russian billionaire won a British lawsuit against her son on Wednesday, Who was accused of doing Help your father hide his origins during a long divorce battle.
Awarded the High Court of England and Wales in 2016 Tatyana Akhmetova 41.5% of billion dollar fortune from Farrakhad Akhmetov.
But the woman said that Akhmetov, 65 years old He concealed some of his assets with the help of his 27-year-old son, Timur Akhmetov, And they stated that they owe him About 97 million dollars.
Timur Akhmetov He asked the Family Chamber of the High Court in London to drop the charges against him, however Judge Gwyneth Knowles ruled in her mother’s favor.
“Today’s trial is the inevitable outcome, given that Farhad did not act with honor in the first place,” Tatyana Akhmedova, a resident of London, said in a statement.
Spokesman Timur Akhmetov He said “He never sought to side with or get involved, but he was inevitably drawn into a cycle of bitter family conflict.”
His subsequent actions were solely motivated by his desire to end the war between his parents, The spokesman said. “While you fundamentally disagree with this judgment, I will consider it a price worth paying if it results in a reasonable agreement between the parents you love.”
AkhmetovBorn in Azerbaijan, He became a senator in Russia after making money from oil and gas. He was a billionaire Included in “Putin’s List”, Published by the US Treasury Department, which included 210 prominent members of Russia’s business and political elite have close ties to the Kremlin.
The list of staggering goods is at the heart of the dispute
During their marriage, the couple enjoyed an incredibly luxurious lifestyle $ 54 million mansion In Surrey as their family home as well as a $ 37 million vacation home. They also have $ 125 million art collection And prof A private jet Appreciated everywhere $ 58 million.
But after a couple who have two children together, Divorced after more than 20 years of marriage, Akhmetov ordered To hand over a large portion of his fortune, one of the most important compensation awarded by a British court.
At the heart of the initial divorce battle was 115 meter luxury yacht (377 pie) Or in LunaWhich Akhmetov bought from the owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman AbramovichAnd the For 400 million dollars. Akhmetov was ordered to hand over the ship to his ex-wife after the judge saw that he had tried to hide it in a “detailed” scheme to deceive it by moving the ship between a number of outside companies. Only prof Subsequent failure allowed him to recover the ship.
Timur’s expenses and his conspiracy with the father
Judge Knowles accused Akhmedov of expanding the matter “Dishonest plans” to hide your wealth, He ruled that his advisors and Timor put it into practice.
He noted: “The wife has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to keep every penny of the husband’s wealth out of her reach.”
“This strategy is designed to render the wife helpless by ensuring that, if her claim for financial exemption after divorce is not resolved, on the husband’s conditions, There will be no assets left to be imposed. “
Judge Knowles also launched a blistering attack on Timur, ruling so “He lied to this court on several occasions. The court’s orders were not executed; it did not provide a full disclosure of its origins.”
It has also been criticized for withholding essential evidence.
“The wife has been the victim of a series of schemes designed to keep every penny of the husband’s wealth out of her reach.”
The judge added: “It seems to me that he is a dishonest person who will do anything to help his father, and there is no doubt that he is completely dependent on his father for financial support.”
During the trial, the court heard details Akhmetov’s enormous wealth The I lavish on Timur His insistence on not paying his ex-wife divorce expenses.
This is among the most exciting discoveries that have emerged Timur lost $ 50 million of his father’s money invested in stocks in 2015 It got millions more the following year, and incurred additional losses.
Timur lost $ 50 million of his father’s money invested in stocks in 2015
He told the court that he was a victim “Bad luck”.
Judge Knowles ruled: “The transfers of large sums of money to Timor in 2015 and 2016 were driven by the husband’s general desire to keep his wife’s assets. Timur understood his father’s purposes in the relevant moments and worked with him to achieve the goal of preserving the family’s assets Keep them out of the wife’s reach.
At the age of 19, while studying at the London School of Economics, Timur received a degree $ 40 million apartment In One Hyde Park, the most exclusive residential building in the country, with another 7 million spent on renovations.
The court also heard how to give it a Mercedes jeep from $ 170,000 At the age of 17, he left home with A. ‘Unlimited credit card’ Then she owned several luxury cars, including a Rolls-Royce $ 480,000, he “did not know” that he was its owner, he told the court.
“All happy families are one, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
The trial also heard details of the dispute within the family, with Timur accuses her mother of having relationships with two men while she was still married to Akhmetov.
Akhmetov said in a statement: “What is not surprising, given his misleading and erroneous original judgment, The London Court ruled in favor of reviewing the paternal sins of an innocent and loyal son. “
“The Akhmetov family is one of the most unhappy families to have appeared in my courtroom.”
For her part, Akhmedova said: ‘Since our divorce in 2016, My ex-husband Farkhad’s behavior has left a trail of devastation and pain in his wake. He paid revenge for his lies, which are intended to destroy not only me, but also to try to drive a wedge between mother and son. Fortunately, this bond is not breakable. “
“ As a father, he has tampered with his parental responsibility. As a husband, he insulted the role of a good father, and instead, He tried to destroy and increase his revenge propaganda To manipulate the courts, to mock them and to use them in England and abroad. “
In her written judgment, Judge Knowles cited the Russian novel “Anna Karenina”. “All happy families are one, every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”, He said.
“With apologies to Tolstoy, the Akhmetov family is one of the most unhappy members of the Akhmetov family I have ever seen in my courtroom,” He said.
“Although this case relates to wealth that most people cannot help but dream about, it is, in essence, a straightforward case, after the divorce, The wife seeks to recover what is owed to her from the husband and his lawyer, who have done everything in their power to make the money out of their reach.