MOSCOW, May 29 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Presnensky District Court has set July 1 as the date for a preliminary hearing of a lawsuit filed by Natalia Potanina, ex-wife of Russian tycoon Vladimir Potanin, seeking to divide the ex-couple’s property, RAPSI reports from the courtroom on Friday.
In late April, Natalia Potanina filed a lawsuit to assume the ownership of 50 percent of her ex-husband’s stake in Norilsk Nickel and half of Interros International, which holds their other assets, which are considerable.
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.
In February 2014, a magistrate ruled in favor of Potanin’s request for divorce. In late June, a court granted Potanin’s petition to change the procedure for the payment of child alimony on behalf of his underage son. The court allowed Potanin to transfer 50 percent of the agreed upon alimony amount to a deposit account for his son Vasily, 16, until he comes of age.
Natalia Potanina appealed both court rulings, but a higher-instance court upheld these rulings and they are legally binding.