Billionaire Farkhad Akhmedov at centre of UKs costliest divorce wins back 350m yacht

Farkhad Akhmedov claims he and his wife were already divorced before moving to the UK – a fact Russian officials cannot verify.

A Russian billionaire at the centre of the UKs costliest divorce battle has managed to keep hold of his 350m superyacht – despite still owing his ex-wife 40% of his fortune.

Oil and gas tycoon Farkhad Akhmedov had his yacht Luna impounded in Dubai last year.

The move came after his ex-wife Tatiana won a global freezing order after he failed to hand over the 453m agreed in their divorce settlement.

However, on Wednesday the Dubai court of appeal ruled that the Dubai lower courts order to impound the yacht was wrong, allowing it to leave Port Rashid.

The expedition yacht, built for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich before Mr Akhmedov bought it in 2014, has at least nine decks, space for 50 crew, two helipads, a swimming pool and a mini submarine.

The 62-year-old has refused to agree to the ruling by a British court that he must pay his ex half his fortune, claiming they were already divorced when they lived in Moscow.

Russian officials have no record of the split in 2002, but Mr Akhmedov insists he and his wife were no longer married when she filed for divorce in 2014.