Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert shares a ‘rare personal message’ as she officially divorces the man who went on with her boyfriend while in a hellish Iranian prison for two years.
- Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, an Islamic studies scholar, was released last November
- She spent two years in an Iranian prison on trumped-up charges of espionage
- Upon her return, she discovered that her husband Ruslan Hodorov had moved on
- The 33-year-old announced via Twitter on Thursday that she was ‘officially divorced’
Australian academic and former Iranian inmate Kylie Moore-Gilbert made a ‘personal announcement’ online revealing that she has officially divorced her husband.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert, an Islamic study scholar, was released last November following a prisoner exchange agreement after spending 804 days in an Iranian prison on trumped-up allegations of espionage.
But upon her return, she discovered that her Russian-Israeli husband Ruslan Hodorov was having an affair with Dr. Kylie Baxter, her college colleague and supervisor, while behind bars.
The 33-year-old filed for divorce shortly after her release.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert (left) found out that her husband, Ruslan Hodorov, was having an affair with Dr. Kylie Baxter (pictured together right) after she was released from prison
On Thursday, Dr. Moore-Gilbert started her Twitter account to share the news that her relationship status had officially changed.
“Forgive that irrelevant personal announcement, dear Twitter, but… ladies and gentlemen, I’m officially divorced! Time for a sneaky kardonnay? ‘She wrote.
In addition to the post, she shared a clip from the early 2000s Australian sitcom Kath and Kim, featuring a cameo appearance from singer Kylie Minogue.
In the segment, Kath, played by Jane Turner, her daughter Kim, played by Gina Turner, pulls forward to pronounce the wine chardonnay with a ‘K’.
But Kylie steps in to support Kim and backs up her articulation of the French grape variety.
Before her arrest in September 2018, Dr. Moore-Gilbert and Mr. Hodorov had just bought a house in east Melbourne after they married in 2017 in a Jewish ceremony.
They met a decade earlier when she visited Israel, where Mr. Hodorov lived after he emigrated from Russia with his family.
While imprisoned, Dr. Moore-Gilbert was held in a small cell in freezing temperatures and subjected to psychological torture.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert stated that it was wine time after the announcement of her divorce was finalized
Dr. Moore-Gilbert, an Islamic study scholar, was released last November following a prisoner exchange agreement after spending 804 days in an Iranian prison based on trumped-up espionage actions.
Both Mr. Hodorov, 31, and Dr. Baxter, 43, pushed for the release of Dr. Moore-Gilbert after her espionage arrest in September 2018.
She was sentenced to ten years in prison, but always denied the charges.
Dr. Moore-Gilbert and Dr. Baxter are both experts in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Melbourne.
She is said to have experienced “immense” shock when she learned of her husband’s betrayal, with friends who previously told the Herald Sun that the affair began a year after Dr. Moore-Gilbert’s arrest.
She had defended her husband in prison by refusing to lure him to Iran in a plot devised by her captors, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp.
A letter from Dr. Moore-Gilbert to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who was smuggled out of Evin Prison, revealed how the IRGC tried to set a trap for Mr. Hodorov, who they falsely accused of being an Israeli spy.
Australian academic Dr. Kylie Moore-Gilbert shared a cheeky message on Twitter on Thursday in the wake of her divorce
Dr. Moore-Gilbert was arrested at Tehran airport in September 2018 while trying to leave the country.
The charges for which she was convicted allegedly stemmed from the Iranian authorities’ belief that she was a spy for Israel because of her relationship with an Israeli citizen.
Nick Warner, the head of Australian intelligence, has successfully negotiated a prison exchange for Dr. Moore-Gilbert’s freedom.
He is said to have spent months convincing people in meetings and even social occasions to release Thai prisoners – whom the Iranian government called ‘businessmen’.
Australian Ambassador to Thailand, Allan McKinnon, also lobbied Thai officials to release three Iranian terrorists as an exchange for Melbourne University’s teacher.