Russian billionaire said he would rather ‘burn’ his fortune than pay his ex-wife a record £ 453million divorce bill, court finds
- Tatiana Akhmedova, 48, received a settlement of £ 453million in her divorce in 2016
- But says ex-husband Farkhad Akhmedov is not willingly willing to pay anything
- She is also suing her son Temur, 27, for allegedly helping his father hide assets
- The court overheard Farkhad texting Temur saying “I will burn this money rather than give it to him”, to which he “agreed”
A Russian billionaire has said he would rather “burn” his money than pay his ex-wife’s divorce settlement, a court said yesterday.
Oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov is said to have hidden millions owed to his ex-wife in Russia to avoid making a payment ordered by a British court.
Tatiana Akhmedova, 48, who describes herself as “Russian by birth” but lives in London, is trying to get her hands on around £ 450million owed to her by Mr Akhmedov, 65, as a result of the breaking up of their 20-year marriage.
But in a message to their eldest son Temur Akhmedov, 27, written in broken English, the oil and gas tycoon wrote: “I will burn this money rather than give it to him.”
Russian oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov said he would rather ‘burn’ his fortune than pay his ex-wife Tatiana Akhmedova’s record £ 453million record divorce settlement, court heard
Temur, who now works as a city trader in London, agreed with his father and even described his mother as “ab ****”.
He said his mother ruined his life when he was a child.
Ms Akhmedova has filed a lawsuit in Britain and abroad in an attempt to track down assets she says her ex-husband tried to take out of her reach.
Ms Akhmedova is also suing Temur Akhmedov, their eldest son, who is now a London trader.
She says he helped her father hide assets and owes her nearly £ 70million.
In a message to their eldest son Temur Akhmedov, 27, written in broken English, the oil and gas tycoon wrote: “I will burn this money rather than give it to him”
Temur Akhmedov denies the allegations against him and says his mother’s request must be rejected.
Madam Justice Knowles examines evidence in the mother and son dispute during a trial before the Family Division of the High Court in London.
A lawyer representing Ms Akhmedova questioned Temur Akhmedov about emails he exchanged with his father a few years ago.
The judge intervened at one point to verify a phrase Temur Akhmedov had used about his mother in one of the messages.
She asked, “What did you call her?
Temur Akhmedov replied: “She is ab ****.”
Judge Knowles heard how Farkhad Akhmedov said in a message that it would be better to “burn the money” than to give it to Ms Akhmedova.
Tatiana received £ 453million in 2016 after her ten-year marriage collapsed, but her husband refused to pay her half of her fortune, saying he did not recognize the High Court ruling. Since then she has attempted to seize her mega yacht Luna worth over £ 350million
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Temur Akhmedov said he accepted.
“Absolutely, I accepted,” he said. “I thought it was totally wrong for my mother to ruin my life as a kid and teach me emotional values, family values, which she didn’t buy into.”
He told the judge how his mother and father both had affairs when he was a child.
His father had left his mother to “herself” and “her”, Temur Akhmedov said.
Ms Akhmedova told the judge that she loves her son and hopes their relationship can be rebuilt.
Tatiana Akhmedova and her son Temur caught in 2014 two years before record-breaking £ 453million divorce settlement
She said suing him had been an “incredibly difficult” decision.
Ms Akhmedova was awarded a 41.5% share of her ex-husband’s over £ 1billion fortune by a London judge in late 2016.
Judge Haddon-Cave said she is expected to receive £ 453million – which lawyers said was the biggest such payment.
But judges have learned that she has so far only received around £ 5million and that Mr Akhmedov has voluntarily paid nothing.
Mr Akhmedov says that because he and his ex-wife are not British and did not get married in Britain, a British judge should not have made a decision.