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This week in Tortoise: The super divorce

This week in Tortoise: The super divorce

In 2016, the High Court in London ruled that £450m should be given to a woman called Tatiana Akhmedova. It was part of a divorce settlement, the largest ever awarded by the court. But the money didn’t end up going to Tatiana. According to her husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, the court order was “toilet paper”. He ignored it. The fortune was hidden away – in an alpine vault in Lichtenstein, in a trust fund, and in assets spread across the world. 

In this week’s episode of the Slow Newscast, Jane Martinson investigates the Super Divorce: it’s a story about money, resentment and bitterness; more than that, it’s about how the super-rich hide their wealth, ignore the rule of law and how the British legal system in its toothlessness has let them get away with it.

Sweet Bobby has prompted countless questions. At tonight’s ThinkIn at 6.30pm GMT we examine them. Alexi Mostrous will be joined by Kirat to discuss what they learned, what’s left unresolved and whether any of us could be catfished? We’d love to know what you think. 

And through the rest of the week:

  •  Tomorrow morning at 8:30am GMT, a business breakfast ThinkIn with Matt Brittin, who runs Google in Europe, where we’ll be discussing what we should expect of tech platforms now. 
  • Tomorrow evening at 6.30pm GMT, we’ll be using our weekly Open News meeting to ask: what’s happened to Boris Johnson in 2021 – and what does it spell for the year to come?
  • On Thursday we’re holding the final digital ThinkIn of 2021 – it’s a Christmas DrinkIn – and the moment when we tot up the scores on Team Tortoise’s 2021 predictions and, undeterred by that humiliation, we make our predictions for 2022. Please join us, we’d love to hear yours.

Have a very good week,


James Harding
Editor & co-founder

P.S. If Jeff Bezos’ hypermarket hasn’t got what you’re looking for this Christmas, can I suggest the Tortoise Shop? Gift memberships. Tortoise Quarterlies. Edith’s 2022 Calendar. Do take a look…