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Berezovsky faces loss of $150 million in British divorce court

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Fugitive Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky could soon lose more than $150 million when a British court rules on his divorce from wife, the Daily Mail newspaper said on Monday.

MOSCOW, October 26 (RIA Novosti) - Fugitive Russian businessman Boris Berezovsky could soon lose more than $150 million when a British court rules on his divorce from wife, the Daily Mail newspaper said on Monday.

The onetime politically powerful oligarch, who now has asylum in Britain, my have to give Galina, his wife of more than 20 years, from $50 million to $165 million, the British paper said.

Media reports put the former Kremlin insider's fortune at more than $1.5 billion.

The British court will consider the couple's divorce in the coming weeks. The divorce is the first such separation to be sealed in a British court as the divorce of billionaire Chelsea-owner Roman Abramovich from his wife Irina took place in Moscow, the Mail reported.

Galina, the 50-year-old mother to two of Berezovsky's children, lives in a penthouse overlooking Hyde Park. According to British newspaper, the reason for divorce was betrayal - the final straw for the "long-suffering" Galina was learning that her husband had fathered two children by Yelena Gorbunova, 42.

Berezovsky is the subject of 11 criminal cases in Russia, and has been sentenced in absentia in two cases to a total of 13 years imprisonment. Russian requests for Berezovsky's extradition have repeatedly been denied by the British authorities.

 

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