Pictured: Millionaire mother, 34, who discharges her two British daughters and took them to Ukraine as she is mentioned in a milestone court ruling after refusing to bring them back to London
- Anna Tigipko split from her husband in 2015 and moved out of their home in London
- Two years later, she fled Great Britain from her native Ukraine with their two daughters
- She has & # 39; arrogant & # 39; refused to comply with legal orders to bring the children back to the UK
- She can now be publicly named after she has lost a lawsuit to keep the case secret
A millionaire mother who kidnapped her two British daughters and took them to Ukraine has been named in a historic ruling.
The daughter of one of the richest men in Ukraine, Anna Tigipko (34), refused to bring her children back to London following a split with her husband in 2015.
The court heard how the businesswoman, who worked in Harley Street, met her future husband in Vienna in 2010. They married in 2012 in Ukraine.
Anna Tigipko (34) took her two children to Ukraine after splitting with her husband in 2015. Now she refuses to return to London
The couple lived in a mansion in Hampstead until the end of their marriage at the end of 2015. Both children were born in the UK.
After the breakup, Miss Tigipko moved the road with the kids to a £ 9 million home, but in 2017 she left Britain with her two daughters.
Although she was allowed to take them away for a few weeks, she refused to bring them back to the country.
And despite her & # 39; arrogant contempt & # 39; for English court orders to bring the two girls back, she was able to fight to be identified in the British press.
The Daily Mail, together with The Times and the BBC, supported the father's challenge of keeping the case secret.
Anna Tigipko & # 39; s father, former Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko, participated in her struggle to keep the case secret
A & # 39; very ruthless and manipulative & # 39; businesswoman and daughter of former Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko, she organized a huge & # 39; army & # 39; from top lawyers to try to thwart her ex-husband's efforts to make his predicament known. Her & # 39; heavyweight & # 39; Legal team consisted of Lord Pannick QC and Alexander Cameron QC, the brother of the former Prime Minister.
Oligarch, Mr. Tigipko 59, also fought the transparency bid. But a Supreme Court judge has now allowed them to be identified, and concluded that publicity could speed up their return. He said he was satisfied with the & # 39; deep complicity & # 39; by Mr Tigipko in the affair.
The ruling could set a precedent after Mr. Justice Mostyn said: & # 39; there is strong public interest in many more press releases about international child abduction & # 39 ;.
Gervase de Wilde, for the three media organizations, said at a previous hearing that & # 39; child abduction and related disputes are a matter of major public interest.
The London-based father has both British and Russian citizenship. He cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity. He hopes publicity will encourage his former wife to return his children, but fears for his safety in Ukraine.
Lord Pannick QC, for Miss Tigipko, unsuccessfully argued that publicity & # 39; would intensify tensions and make it less likely to reach a solution & # 39 ;.
But unusually, lawyers for the child guardian also supported the publication of some details.
The father has not seen his girls personally since July of last year. He told The Times about his most recent conversation via a video conversation that lasted less than 30 seconds.
He said: & # 39; I couldn't even see my older daughter and my younger daughter said: & # 39; Hello dad & # 39; and then I heard Anna & # 39; s voice say: & # 39; Tell him you're busy & she put the phone down. I never wanted full custody. I always thought that the mother should have them and I still continue to take this general position. & # 39;
Their removal is & # 39; in consideration & # 39; as a possible crime by the police, the court heard.
In a statement, Miss Tigipko said: & # 39; The children are happy and are now settling in Ukraine and their needs are best pursued in Kiev. & # 39;