Ex-wife of oligarch Potanin appealed court's decision on suit with $1.95bn of compensation

Ex-wife of oligarch Potanin appealed court's decision on suit with $1.95bn of compensation
Vladimir Potanin

Earlier, the Presnensky Court rejected the suit of Natalia Potanina, demanding to divide the rights into shares of the companies Norilsk Nickel and Polyus Gold.⁠

Natalia Potanina, the former wife of businessman Vladimir Potanin, appealed against the decision of the Presnensky District Court of Moscow, who refused to satisfy her claims for 166 billion rubles ($1.95bn). This was stated by her lawyer Pavel Konovalov, RNS reports.

According to the lawyer, an appeal against refusal to pay 166 billion rubles was filed on August 16. "We believe the decision is unreasonable, illegal, containing a blatant amount of violations of both procedural and substantive law," he said.

"The remaining claims for 683 billion rubles ($11.5bn) the court refused to consider in principle and issued a ruling on the termination of the proceedings," Konovalov said, noting that earlier Potanina had filed a private complaint for the same decision.

"We are expecting the appointment of a meeting on a private complaint and a hearing on the appeal, which was filed on August 16. As the court decides whether there will be two meetings on the same day or otherwise, it is not yet clear whether the court does not inform us," Konovalov said, adding that both the private and appellate complaints will be considered in the Moscow City Court.

The complaint that the Presnensky District Court refused to accept the claim for 683 billion rubles, Potanina filed with the Moscow City Court on August 7. The court refused to consider claims with the wording that these claims were allegedly considered earlier in 2015. The position is illegal, in our opinion, in connection with which we filed a complaint," Konovalov said then.

On July 27, the Presnensky Court of Moscow denied a lawsuit filed by Natalia Potanina, demanding to divide the rights into shares of Norilsk Nickel and Polyus Gold and wanted to receive cash compensation from Vladimir Potanin for her share of 850 billion rubles ($14.3bn).

Potanin filed a lawsuit in late May. She demanded in court to recognize her right to joint with the former husband possession of Cypriot companies Pharanco, Bektanco, Decoso and Lovenco. Potanina also demanded to legitimize her rights to the shares of Norilsk Nickel and Polyus Gold.

According to the magazine Forbes, Vladimir Potanin ranks eighth among the 200 richest Russian businessmen. His fortune in 2017 the magazine estimated at $14.3 billion.

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