Russian billionaire’s ex-wife gets helicopter and speedboat after winning £453m in Britain’s biggest divorce settlement

A RUSSIAN billionaire's ex-wife has secured a helicopter and a speedboat after winning £453 million in Britain's biggest divorce settlement.

Tatiana Akhmedova was awarded a 41.5 percent share of ex-husband Farkhad Akhmedov's £1 billion-plus fortune by Mr Justice Haddon-Cave in late 2016 – but he did not pay.

Tatiana launched legal action in Britain and abroad in a bid to trace and seize his assets.

The mum-of-two argued her ex-husband hid assets and also accused their 27-year-old son, Temur Akhmedov, of acting as his dad's "lieutenant" in the legal scrap.

A spokesman for Tatiana, who is Russian but lives in London, said she has employed an asset recovery team – which includes former members of the Royal Navy's Special Boat Service.

Today, he said millions of pounds worth of assets, including a helicopter and speedboat, had now been recovered.

The spokesman said Tatiana also thought she was in a position to lay claim to a superyacht – the Luna – which is worth more than £200 million and moored in Dubai.

He said a court ruling in the Marshall Islands, where the yacht is registered, had paved the way for the ownership to be transferred.

But a spokesman for Farkhad disagreed and he said a court ruling in Dubai prevented Tatiana seizing the yacht.

Farkhad said that, because he and his ex-wife are not British and were not married in Britain, a British judge should not have made a decision about money.

It marks the latest stage in Britain's most expensive divorce case ever – which began five years ago.

Earlier this year, another London High Court judge concluded Tatiana had been a victim of a "series of schemes" designed to put "every penny" beyond her reach.

Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles concluded that her ex-husband and eldest son, Temur, had worked against her together.

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

Tatiana had already successfully sued her son to get a £5million property in Moscow as the family broke apart.

The judge said very large sums had been transferred to Temur and ruled he must pay his mother around £75 million.

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."

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