A judge described the Akhmatova divorce and financial remedies case as one of the unhappiest ever to have appeared in her courtroom. It was also probably one of the most expensive. 

Mrs Akhmatova was awarded a staggering £453m after she satisfied the appeal court that assets had been transferred by Russian billionaire, Mr Akhmatova, and his companies deliberately to stop her enforcing court orders against him.

Their son had also assisted Mr Akhmatova, on whom he was wholly financially reliant, in the effort to conceal wealth. 

Knowles J said Mrs Akhmatova was the “the victim of a series of schemes designed to put every penny of the Husband’s wealth beyond her reach” 

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