Russian oligarch and billionaire Alisher Usmanov withdrew his divorce suit from the head coach of the Russian rhythmic gymnastics team Irina Viner-Usmanova. The court stopped the proceedings, RIA Novosti correspondent reports .
Representatives of Usmanov declared in court the refusal of the requirements. “Proceedings on a civil lawsuit should be terminated due to the plaintiff's refusal of the claims,” Judge Boris Safarin announced the decision. In a conversation with the agency, Wiener stated that “if everything is quiet and calm,” if the spouses agree on everything, then she will not comment.
Updated: Baza claims that Usmanov officially divorced Viner-Usmanova, on July 4, the Kuntsevsky registry office of Moscow registered the divorce. That is why Usmanov withdrew the lawsuit: they managed to get a divorce without a trial, the publication clarified.
Usmanov, 68, was the initiator of the divorce, the reasons were not publicly reported. Usmanov and Viner got married in 1992, the couple had been married for 30 years, and before that they had met for 15 years. The spouses do not have common children.
Alisher Usmanov is in 7th place in the ranking of the richest businessmen in Russia. Last year, the entrepreneur entered the Top 250 richest people in the UK. Usmanov made his fortune of £14bn in the mining and metallurgical industries and has long been considered a figure close to Vladimir Putin. He is the co-owner Russian concern USM Holdings is a huge conglomerate with interests in the mining industry and owns the second largest mobile operator in Russia, Megafon. Usmanov owns a large stake in the London football club Arsenal.
The US and UK imposed sanctions on Usmanov following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. His property, including the superyacht and the plane, were arrested. The British Foreign Office also banned Usmanov from entering and froze his assets. Only Latvia imposed sanctions against Viner-Usmanova: she was banned from entering the country and included in the list of undesirable persons for the Republic of Latvia. The oligarch filed a lawsuit against the Council of the EU in the European Court of General Jurisdiction in order to achieve the abolition of personal sanctions of the European Union. He asked the court to suspend the sanctions until the decision of the judge, wrote Bloomberg.