MOSCOW, June 15 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – The Moscow City Court has upheld a lower court’s refusal to collect over 78 million rubles ($1.4 million at the current exchange rate) in damages from Natalia Potanina, the ex-wife of billionaire Vladimir Potanin, in favor of Eco Invest company, the court’s press office told RAPSI on Thursday.
The case was reconsidered. In 2015, Moscow's Presnensky District Court ruled ordered Potanin’s ex-wife to reimburse Eco Invest controlled by the businessman over its failure to sell a house in the village of Nemchinovo, Moscow Region.
Later, the Supreme Court overturned the ruling and ordered a retrial. During the review of the case, the company’s lawsuit was dismissed.
Potanin 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 the court ruling, Potanin reserved the ownership right to 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, one more lawsuit lodged by Natalia Potanina against her ex-husband was dismissed. She asked the court to divide the property acquired during their marriage by recovering financial compensation for shares of KM Invest company amounting to 215 billion rubles (about $4 billion at the current exchange rate).