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Moscow court annuls 2nd marriage of late Georgian tycoon

MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) - A Moscow court has ruled to annul the second marriage of the late Georgian tycoon Badri Patarkatsishvili to a Russian woman, a lawyer for the tycoon's widow said on Friday.

Patarkatsishvili's total wealth was estimated at around $12 billion at the time of his death in Surrey, England on February 12.

Inna Gudavadze had demanded that the court annul Patarkatsishvili's 1997 marriage to Olga Safonova, as the businessman had married Gudavadze in 1979, and the first marriage remained in effect.

"The court has met our appeal and recognized the marriage with Olga Safonova as illegitimate," Ivan Kochubei said.

Gudavadze's lawyers earlier said the lawsuit was aimed at clarifying claims to the late businessman's estate.

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