The ex-wife of a Russian billionaire who is trying to get her hands on £450 million she is owed has come to blows with her eldest son in the latest round of a High Court fight.
Ex-wife of Russian billionaire owed £450 million comes to blows with her son in court: She has accused her eldest son, Temur Akhmedov, 27, of acting as his father’s “lieutenant”. Tatiana Akhmedova, 48, has stated that her ex-husband, 65-year-old businessman Farkhad Akhmedov has hidden assets that he is not declaring. Ms Akhmedova, who is Russian but lives in London, said that her son has helped his father hide the assets and owes her £70 million himself.
Her lawyers have told the judge overseeing the hearing that Temur Akhmedov is an “extraordinarily dishonest” person. In reply he said that his mother is coming up with “incredible” stories and that his case should be dismissed. The judge, Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles, has considered evidence from both parties and is currently listening to legal arguments with the case due to conclude on Friday.
The head of Ms Akhmedova’s legal team, Alan Gourgey QC, said in a statement
“Temur can only be described as an extraordinarily dishonest, devious and evasive individual.” and went on to add “Whilst no mother would ever wish to make such a submission about her child, that is the only available conclusion from the evidence – Temur will lie or cheat whenever he thinks such conduct will benefit him.”
The lead of Temur Akhmedov’s legal team, Robert Levy QC, said “Tatiana’s evidence was, on various crucial matters, incredible. She refused to accept the obvious, came up with theories that were incredible.
There is no doubt that Tatiana is a ‘victim’ of Farkhad’s conduct, and that Temur (belatedly) acknowledged his involvement in some of Farkhad’s discreditable conduct. However that does not ‘get Tatiana home’ on her claim.” In late 2016 a London judge awarded Ms Akhmedova a 41.5% share of her husband’s £1 billion plus fortune meaning that she should of received £453 million with lawyers saying it was the biggest payout of it’s kind.
However judges heard that she has only had around £5 million with her ex-husband not paying anything voluntarily. Mr Akhmedov says because he and his ex-wife are not British, and were not married in Britain, a British judge should not have made a decision.
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