MOSCOW, May 25 (RAPSI, Oleg Sivozhelezov) – Moscow’s Presnensky District Court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit lodged by Natalia Potanina demanding to collect 215 billion rubles (about $4 billion at the current exchange rate) from her ex-husband, billionaire Vladimir Potanin, her lawyer told RAPSI.
The case was heard behind closed doors.
Potanina has asked the court to divide the property acquired during their marriage by recovering financial compensation for shares of KM Invest company.
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.
Natalya Potanina received 380 million rubles ($6.8 million) in compensation for her share in the apartment as well as three plots of land in the Moscow Region.
In the fall of 2015, the court dismissed Potanina’s claim for ownership of 50 percent of her ex-husband’s stake in Norilsk Nickel and half of Interros International, which holds their other assets. She has appealed the ruling, only for the Moscow District Court to uphold it on January 22, 2016.
In May 2017, Potanina filed another lawsuit seeking to recover 849.2 billion rubles (about $15 billion) from her ex-husband. The Presnensky District Court of Moscow will conduct pre-trial preparations for the claim on June 14.