The woman who won Britain’s biggest divorce payout is taking her son to court after accusing him of helping his father to hide assets.
Tatiana Akhmedova, 52, secured a landmark £453million payout from her ex-husband Russian oligarch Farkhad Akhmedov, 64, following the end of their 10-year marriage in 2016.
However the oil and gas tycoon has been slow to release the funds and been found in contempt of court, after claiming he does not recognise the High Court’s ruling.
Akmedova, a British citizen, now believes that her 27-year-old son Temur is helping his father to hide assets from British authorities.
A raid on Temur’s London flat last month seized 58 electronic devices – four of which were found to contain information relevant to the case, court papers show.
Tatiana Akmedova (right) is accusing her son Temur (left) of helping his father to hide assets from her and British authorities after she was awarded a landmark payment of £453million in a 2016 divorce
Mrs Justice Knowles authorised the raid in the hopes of obtaining pertinent information after Temur himself admitted to having destroyed any relevant electronic documents, The Times reported.
Knowles said that there was ‘clear evidence’ that Temur possessed ‘incriminating documents’ and a ‘real possibility’ that he would destroy them if the raid had not been carried out.
The judge added that Temur’s actions were likely to ’cause serious damage’ to his mother’s ability to ‘pursue the proceedings and obtain the judgement to which she claims to be entitled’.
The Times reported that Temur’s partner and four-year-old daughter had been left in tears during the 10-hour raid, citing sources close to Temur.
Others living in the luxury Hyde Park building looked on as the team wearing masks and gloves spent hours searching the property and its surroundings.
An underground car park and wine cellar were also searched for any evidence that Temur has helped his father to stop his money from being seized by the British courts.
An iPhone was among the 58 electronic devices seized from Temur’s luxury London flat in a raid last month
Temur, a London commodities trader, does not live at the apartment and sources said he had no idea the search was going to take place.
Friends said he is outraged by the behaviour of his mother and her lawyers, describing it as like ‘something out of a totalitarian regime’.
One friend said the luxury flat was left looking ‘like a crime scene.’
Farkhad Akhmedov, 64, has been found in contempt of court for refusing to pay the vast majority of the money awarded to his ex-wife in the divorce settlement [File photo]
Mobile phones, memory sticks and even a Peppa Pig game were seized by the team acting on the orders of the High Court.
A friend said: ‘Temur is furious that his young child was put through this trauma because of the actions of his own mother.’
Earlier this year Temur was dragged into what has been described as Britain’s costliest divorce.
His mother has gone to great lengths to try and claim the money she was granted in the ruling, attempting to seize Farkhad’s mega yacht Luna, which is worth more than £350m in lieu of payment.
After numerous legal battles stretching over a year, a court in Dubai ruled that Akhmedov was the rightful owner and allowed him to keep the super yacht.
Akhmedova was handed ownership of the couple’s £20m Surrey home and an art collection worth more than £30m.
A three-week hearing into Akmedova’s claims against her son is due to begin at the High Court on November 30.
Akhmedova has gone to great lengths to try and claim the money she was granted in the ruling, attempting to seize Farkhad’s mega yacht Luna (pictured), which is worth more than £350m in lieu of payment [File photo]
Akhmedova was handed ownership of the couple’s £20m Surrey home (pictured) and an art collection worth more than £30m [File photo]