A diamond-dealing Russian multimillionaire and his model wife have began a divorce fight in the British courts over their multi-million pound family fortune.
Russian businessman Dmitry Tsvetkov, 40, and his wife Elsina Khayrova, 33, set up home in a lavish £22million mega-mansion in Surrey with their two young children.
But they have now ‘fallen out’ and are battling over family property worth millions of pounds including ‘expensive Cartier jewellery, works of art by famous painters and expensive motor cars,’ London’s High Court heard.
In addition to their mansion, the couple are thought to have five apartments in London worth a total of £18million, lavish properties in Cyprus and a £2million penthouse in Dubai – in a portfolio worth around £42million in total.
This week, the estranged couple both bid to sue each other in the High Court for ‘delivery up of property’ they insist is theirs whilst gearing up for a divorce battle.
Russian businessman Dmitry Tsvetkov (left, outside the High Court in January 2010), 40, and his wife Elsina Khayrova (right, at Morton’s Club London in June 2018), 33, set up home in a mansion in Surrey with their two young children
Mr Tsvetkov, who came to the UK from Russia and became a British citizen in 2010, hit the headlines in January in a court row over a £15million diamond with then-business partner Rustem Magdeev in a Graff boutique in Cyprus.
His wife Ms Khayrova is the daughter of Russian politician Rinat Khayrov, who is thought to earn £105,000-a-year as a member of President Putin’s party.
Their family mansion boasts its own pool, spa, wine cellar and cinema and underground car park with enough space for ten cars.
In the diamond court row, Mr Magdeev’s lawyer Stephen Robins claimed that financial documents showed Mr Tsvetkov had bought a £30,000 Hermes crocodile skin bag for his wife on expenses.
But the couple have now turned on each other and Mr Tsvetkov has left the family home, the court heard.
The mansion in Surrey boasts its own pool, spa, wine cellar and cinema and underground car park with space for ten cars
Mr Tsvetkov’s lawyer Ashley Cukier is accusing Ms Khayrova of taking her husband’s passport after he departed and refusing to give him it back.