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Two Russian oligarchs started giving proof in a court docket showdown yesterday as a part of a battle over a chemical compounds enterprise.

Alexander Gorbachev, an asylum seeker, is suing sanctioned businessman Andrey Guryev for a return of his claimed share in fertiliser big PhosAgro.

Should Gorbachev – who is not any relation to the previous Russian chief – achieve his court docket combat, he might find yourself proudly owning Witanhurst, London’s second largest personal home after Buckingham Palace, experiences The Telegraph.

The authorized wrangle stems from an alleged handshake deal between Guryev and Gorbachev, throughout which the latter says he was granted a share in a fertiliser enterprise.

That enterprise finally turned PhosAgro – by a sequence of mergers and consolidations – and for a time even traded on the London Stock Exchange.

Gorbachev was chairman of the bigger firm till a Russian marketing campaign towards one other accomplice within the enterprise, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, prompted him to fleed to the UK.

Gorbachev was finally granted asylum.

However, he has now claimed that, whereas residing in London, he was supplied simply $30 million for his share within the enterprise.

He claims he rejected the provide and was then instructed he had no entitlement to any share, experiences the Telegraph.

Gorbachev is now suing within the UK to get again the holdings he alleges had been his.

Should be achieve success, his representatives consider he could be entitled to the 25-bedroom Witanhurst property in Highgate, north London, considered one of Guryev’s few UK property.

In 2015, The New Yorker first reported Guryev’s possession of the luxurious residence. It mentioned there had been a controversial “underground village” – together with 70ft swimming pool, cinema, therapeutic massage rooms, sauna, gymnasium, employees quarters and parking for 25 automobiles – constructed below the property.

Guryev can also be understood to personal a penthouse condo in Vauxhall, near the MI6 headquarters.

As he’s presently sanctioned within the UK, a High Court choose must journey to the United Arab Emirates to take proof from him.

Both Guryev and Gorbachev have reportedly requested the trial choose, Mr Justice Pelling, seem on the Dubai International Financial Centre as a particular examiner to listen to proof from Guryev.

It is known Guryev will likely be liable for paying the prices.

Guryev’s property past his properties have proved troublesome to grab. Superyacht Alfa Nero, which the US Office of Foreign Assets Control recognized as belonging to Guryev was put up for public sale by the federal government in Antigua and Barbuda after it was reportedly deserted.

Former Google chief government Eric Schmidt was reported to have tried shopping for the yacht for £54 million solely to seek out himself in an advanced authorized tussle with Guryev’s daughter, Yulia Gurieva-Motlokhov, who sued saying she was the beneficiary of a belief that owns the vessel.

Gorbachev’s consultant was approched for a remark.