Russian businessman gives lawyer $20k a month for defending him in dispute with ex-wife

Russian businessman gives lawyer $20k a month for defending him in dispute with ex-wife
Shalva Chigirinsky

Lawyer George Benaur, who defends the interests of Russian businessman Shalva Chigirinsky in a dispute with the latter’s ex-wife, gets $20 thousand a month and $1.5 thousand more for expenses. This is reported by RAPSI citing judicial documents available to the publication.

In June 2014, Chigirinsky filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of New York, but it was later referred to the federal court. The businessman demanded to resolve his dispute about the estate with his ex-wife Tatyana Panchenkova.

For example, Chigirinsky blames his ex-spouse for selling part of the property she was supposed to keep for children. This includes expensive collection of art pieces, including antiques, antiquarian books, works by Faberge, and unique interior items. The businessman estimated this selection at about $120 million.

The former spouses are also arguing over property. It turned out that Panchenkova has five apartments registered in her name in New York, and the businessman new nothing about four of them. He thus demanded a compensation worth tens of millions of dollars.

Panchenkova, in turn, required half of the businessman's income.

The US court has banned Chigirinsky from challenging the ownership of the number of apartments and claim the right to donated collectible items as a jointly acquired property. However, Chigirinsky may cancel the donative documents because he was misled during their preparation.

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