Potanina loses $15 bln claim against billionaire ex-husband
MOSCOW, July 27 (RAPSI) – The Presnensky District Court of Moscow dismissed a lawsuit lodged by Natalia Potanina seeking to collect 849.2 billion rubles (about $15 billion) from her ex-husband, billionaire Vladimir Potanin, the court’s representative told RAPSI Thursday.
The claim was rejected because of expiration of the limitation period.
Reportedly, Potanina asked the court to acknowledge shares of three foreign companies as the property acquired during her marriage. Potanina evaluated her share as much as nearly 850 billion rubles.
Earlier, the court dismissed another lawsuit filed by Potanina seeking to recover 215 billion rubles (about $3.8 billion at the current exchange rate) in compensation for shares of KM Invest company.
In late April 2015, Natalia Potanina filed a lawsuit for ownership of 50 percent of her ex-husband’s stake in Norilsk Nickel and half of Interros International, which holds their other assets. In the fall of 2015, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow dismissed the lawsuit. Potanina has appealed the ruling, only for the Moscow District Court to uphold it on January 22, 2016.
Under the Russian Family Code, the property acquired during a marriage is considered community property and therefore should be divided into equal parts in a divorce.
The businessman was granted a divorce from his wife in February 2014.
In July 2015, the Presnensky court issued a ruling in a case on dividing the assets of the former spouses. According to a source familiar with the lawsuit, the court ruled that Vladimir Potanin keep a 406.9 square meter luxury apartment on Skatertny Pereulok (central Moscow) and a church, St. Blessed Tamara in the village of Anosino, in the Moscow Region.
Natalia Potanina received 380 million rubles ($6.4 million at the current exchange rate) in compensation for her share in the apartment as well as three plots of land in the Moscow Region.