The ex-wife of a RUSSIAN billionaire has hired ex-servicemen to seize a superyacht after winning Â£ 453million in Britain’s biggest divorce settlement.
Tatiana Akhmedova received a 41.5% share of ex-husband Farkhad Akhmedov’s more than Â£ 1billion fortune from Judge Haddon-Cave in late 2016 – but he did not pay.
Tatiana has launched legal action in Britain and abroad in an attempt to find and seize her assets.
The mother-of-two claimed her ex-husband was hiding property and also accused their 27-year-old son Temur Akhmedov of acting as his father’s “lieutenant” in the legal case.
A spokesperson 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 of assets, including a helicopter and speedboat, have now been recovered.
The spokesperson said Tatiana also believes she is in a position to claim a superyacht – the Luna – worth over Â£ 200million and moored in Dubai.
He said a court ruling from the Marshall Islands, where the yacht is registered, paved the way for the transfer of ownership.
But a spokesperson for Farkhad disagreed and said a court ruling from Dubai prevented Tatiana from seizing the yacht.
Farkhad said 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 about the money.
This is the latest stage in Britain’s costliest divorce case on record – which began five years ago.
Earlier this year, another London High Court judge ruled that Tatiana had been the victim of a “series of ploys” aimed at putting “every penny” out of her reach.
Judge Gwynneth Knowles concluded that her ex-husband and eldest son, Temur, had worked together against her.
During the wedding they had a lavish lifestyle – dividing their time between a Â£ 39million mansion in Surrey and a Â£ 27.8million vacation home.
Tatiana had previously successfully sued her son for a Â£ 5million property in Moscow as the family went their separate ways.
The judge said very large sums had been transferred to Temur and decided he had to pay his mother around Â£ 75million.
A spokesperson for the couple’s son said he was only involved in stopping the “war between his parents,” adding: “Like millions of young people, Temur was caught in the breakdown of his parents’ marriage “.