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Gudavadze, Berezovsky, Implicated in Death of Badri Patarkatsishvili, Lawsuit Alleges

Georgian Business Week

Monday, February 15, 2010

A lawsuit against Inna Gudavadze, widow of late Russian "oligarch" Badri Patarkatsishvili, and Boris Berezovsky, former partner of Patarkatsishvili was filed today in New York State Supreme Court.  The complaint alleges that  “significant evidence shows that the decedent’s death was caused by intentional unlawful acts of defendant Inna Gudavadze, Badri’s widow, in conspiracy with defendant Boris Berezovsky, a notorious Russian “oligarch” wanted by Interpol on international arrest warrants.” Complaint also alleges that “defendants have devised and  carried out a nefarious plan of intentionally or grossly negligently causing the death of Mr. Patarkatsishvili, a billionaire investor and philanthropist, in order to usurp control over his vast assets."

Gudavadze’s motive for murdering Patarkatsishvili, in addition to money, was jealousy of Patarkatsishvili’s relationship with his second wife Olga Safonova, with whom the decedent had son David, according to the complaint.  Berezovsky was also motivated by Patarkatsishvili's decision to divest himself of popular TV station Imedi, which “Berezovsky used to propagate his anti-government agenda in Georgia” complaint alleges. 

One of the evidentiary exhibits filed with the court is an agreement between Gudavadze and Berezovsky, splitting Patarkatsishvili’s assets 50/50. The agreement was signed by Gudavadze and Berezovsky on February 25, 2008, two days before Patarkatsishvili was buried in Tbilisi. Complaint alleges that the 50/50 agreement may have been drafted before Patarkatsishvili’s death. 

Who killed Badri? US lawyer: evidence points to Gudavadze and Berezovsky.




Only two years ago, no one had ever heard of Inna Gudavadze. But on February 12, 2008, she became an instant international celebrity (of sorts.) That was the day, when Badri Patarkatsishvili, a renowned billionaire-investor and philanthropist passed on.

March 11, 2010 London

It was then when Gudavadze first came to limelight as Badri's wife at the time of his death. But was she?

Since Badri's death, Gudavadze has been entangled in a bitter battle over Badri's multibillion-dollar estate. She hired some of the most expensive lawyers in Europe and top public relations firms in the UK and US, in order to invent, sculpture and sell to the press and public her newly found image. Guided by prodigiously paid and politically connected PR gurus, Gudavadze's image makeover campaign successfully touted her to the members of the press as disconsolate widow. Is she?

It all depends on who one listens to. Gudavadze's lavishly paid supporters promote Inna as a beautiful human being, kind and generous, virtuous and vulnerable, loving wife and grieving widow. But despite Gudavadze's high-priced image crafters, questions persist, and there are many who describe Gudavadze as a gold-digging concubine, ruthless foe to anyone, who dares to question her claim to Badri's billions.

And then there are those who openly accuse Gudavadze of murdering Badri in order to seize control of his fortune.

This site is created by those who truly loved Badri, and who owe it to him to get to the truth of why this great man had met his death at the age of 52.


Just married...    May 16, 1997
St. Petersburg Wedding Palace

Badri and Olga Patarkatsishvili with
their son David after the wedding vows


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Great mind...
Great heart...
Great man...
Dead at 52...

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February 8, 2009

Boris Berezovsky fights widow for £3bn

The business partner of the exiled Russian tycoon left no Inheritance will. It’s an epic squabble

THE exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky is fighting the widow of his closest friend for half the dead man’s £6 billion fortune.

Relations between Berezovsky and Ina Gudavadze, whose husband Badri Patarkatsishvili was his business partner for 20 years, have broken down 12 months after the Georgian billionaire died, aged 52, at Downside Manor, his mansion in Surrey. He had told friends he feared the authorities in Tbilisi were plotting to kill him.

All contact between the two sides is now through lawyers as they battle over property left by the man Berezovsky described last week as the person “closest to me in the whole world”.

The tycoon has asked a London court to appoint an independent executor to establish how his friend’s fortune should be divided up. The case follows wrangling between Gudavadze, Berezovsky and other potential beneficiaries in what has become an increasingly bitter dispute.

Berezovsky claims he is entitled to half Patarkatsishvili’s assets. Gudavadze believes the two friends had split their business interests long before her husband died.

“This is very sad indeed. Berezovsky and Ina have not spoken for months. They’ve fallen out big time. They used to be closer than family,” said a source close to both parties.

Patarkatsishvili, a secretive figure who rarely gave interviews, died unexpectedly last February after he had announced he would stand for the Georgian presidency. At the time there were suggestions that he may have been poisoned but Surrey police concluded that he had died of a heart attack.

The day after his death, Berezovsky asked Gudavadze to sign a statement acknowledging that half her husband’s assets belonged to him. The widow, who is represented by Lord Goldsmith, the former attorney-general, signed but has since changed her mind and sought to have the document annulled.

“Long before Badri died he and Berezovsky announced they were dividing their business interests. They were still friends but were divorcing as partners,” said an adviser to Gudavadze. “All she is asking for is some proof. She’s happy to share any assets once proof has been provided.” Last week Berezovsky hit back. “Sadly, Ina is under the influence of people who are trying to cash in,” he said. “Badri would be very saddened by this but it’s not my fault. I’m taking legal action to protect my interests and get what’s mine.”

Berezovsky, 63, and the mustachioed Patarkatsishvili met in the dying days of the Soviet Union. The two friends started by importing cars and built up a business empire with interests in oil, aluminium, car-making and the media.

Known to insiders simply as “Badri and Borya”, they became two of Russia’s most powerful figures. “Badri was the muscle,” recalled a friend. “Borya would have an idea and Badri would put it into practice. They were a brilliant combination.”

They holidayed together on their yachts in the south of France and the Caribbean. In Moscow, ringed with bodyguards, they could be found at Berezovsky’s private offices in a tsarist mansion known as “the club” where politicians queued for an audience.

Patarkatsishvili and Berezovsky fled Russia in 2001 after falling out with Vladimir Putin, Russia’s former president and its current prime minister. At first Berezovsky had backed Putin but he later became a fierce critic, which encouraged prosecutors to charge the pair the executor of his estate andwith fraud and embezzlement.

Last week Berezovsky denied that he and Patarkatsishvili had ever divided their assets. “Once outside Russia we made an announcement that we were divorcing because I was actively involved in politics and my clash with the Kremlin was seriously damaging our interests,” he said.

“It was a ruse, a public gesture meant for the Kremlin so it would back off. No real steps were ever taken to split our business. That’s easy to prove.”

After fleeing Russia, Patarkatsishvili divided his time between Surrey and his native Georgia. In Tbilisi, the capital, he bought the city’s biggest building, the Soviet Wedding Palace, and turned it into a lavish headquarters. Inside, black and white swans swam on an ornamental lake and the building featured a 50ft aquarium, a planetarium and a replica of the billionaire’s birthplace.

To complicate matters further, Joseph Kay, a step-cousin of Patarkatsishvili, claims to be the executor of his estate and insists that part of the fortune belongs to him. Gudavadze and Berezovsky have accused Kay of fraud and say the documents he has produced are forgeries. Kay denies any wrongdoing.

Patarkatsishvili, who rarely documented his deals, does not appear to have left a will. Teams of lawyers have spent the last year tracking down assets and bank accounts across the world. Both friends and relatives of the tycoon are suspicious of Kay’s claims.

A Russian woman named Olga Safonova has also claimed that she married Patarkatsishvili in 1997 and bore him a son.

Gudavadze, who has two daughters by him, only heard about Safonova after his death and has had that marriage annulled by a Russian court. Sources close to Gudavadze said she would provide for the son.

Other friends say that Berezovsky, who recently sold his yacht, has been short of funds since Patarkatsishvili’s death. The tycoon denies the claim.

Copyright 2010 Times Newspapers Ltd.


The day after ...


See documents filed in Supreme Court on official court site:

JWL Group Inc. vs. Inna Gudavadze, et al. Index No. 150024/2010

Summons and Complaint
Evidentiary Exhibits


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"We won't spare energy and resources that our family owns and take back every last cent!"

The news of the wrongful death lawsuit against Gudavadze first appeared in the media because of the press-releases, which the Gudavadze family itself distributed to newspapers, magazines and TV networks.

In response to the charges of her complicity in Badri's murder, Inna Gudavadze accused Joseph Kay, the Executor of Badri's last will, of "stealing her money and assets" and threatened that she will use all of the "family resources" to get this money back. 

Gudavadze family spokesman claimed Mr. Kay, who started the wrongful death action on behalf of Badri's estate, did so in retaliation for losing a case in Gibraltar.

Ms. Gudavadze denies the allegations of murdering Badri and says that the lawsuit contains "absurd charges."

Ms. Gudavadze said she intends to use New York Supreme Court to invalidate the decisions of Georgian courts, which determined Badri's testamentary documents to be valid and authentic in every respect and appointed Mr. Kay the Executor of Badri's last will.

...we won't spare energy and resources that our family owns and take back every last cent ...




"If Gudavadze truly believes she is innocent, let's skip all legal maneuvers and delays and jointly ask the court to schedule the trial as soon as possible, and let the justice prevail."

February 16, 2010

We regret that Ms. Gudavadze has decided to make a public spectacle of this very private and very painful to us matter. We have been receiving a flood of calls from reporters and we have no choice but to make this one statement in response.

G-News: Gudavadze family claims that Joseph Kay started this case in retaliation because he lost a case for Badri's assets in Gibraltar, can you comment on that?

The case for wrongful death was commenced  by multiple plaintiffs, including three US corporations, one of them being an official representative of the decedent. And it has absolutely nothing to do with any assets, unfortunately the only thing Ms. Gudavadze seems to care about. The lawsuit seeks to recover for damages suffered by the plaintiffs as a result of Badri's wrongful death, which plaintiffs believe was caused by Ms. Gudavadze and Mr. Berezovsky.

G-News: Howcome Gibraltar courts have jurisdiction over a Russian national Inna Gudavadze and US citizen Joseph Kay?

They don't. US Courts would never take a case where the only parties are non-US residents. But it is not unusual for small countries to take upon themselves to adjudicate extra-jurisdictional disputes.

G-News:  Gibraltar indeed has 28,000 population, does taking foreign matters make it feel bigger?

We respect all countries, large and small. But Gibraltar has absolutely no power over any assets or any matters outside of Gibraltar. So, whoever "wins" there this would seem to be meaningless.

G-News:  Can the decision of the Gibraltar court be recognized in other countries, US for example?

We doubt it very much. Gibraltar is well known as a country which main industry is creating sham trusts and secreting origin of monies - - making Gibraltar vulnerable to money laundering. Prominent Spanish judge described Gibraltar as a "gigantic money laundering" centre. So, we truly have difficulty believing that US courts will take the Gibraltar decisions seriously.

G-News: What motive did Ms. Gudavadze have to murder her husband? 

Firstly, we do not think that it is proper to refer to Badri as Gudavadze's "husband". On March 12, 1994 Badri and Gudavadze entered into a written separation agreement. The agreement says, "Due to Mr. Arkadiy Patarkacishishvili’s frequent duty trips related to his professional activities and long stays in Tbilisi, the common family life fell apart." That was 16 years ago. (See: Badri-Gudavadze separation agreement).

As to the motives, Ms. Gudavadze had two of the oldest  motives known to mankind: money and woman’s  jealousy. Starting with money: on February 25, 2008, 13 days after Badri's death and two days before his body was buried, Gudavadze and Berezovsky signed and notarized an agreement, dividing Badri's inheritance 50/50. How many people whose family member died, would start writing and signing and agreements dividing his assets before he is even buried? We must not forget that both Gudavadze and Berezovsky have some of the biggest and most expensive law firms in Europe. This multi-billion dollar 50/50 agreement could not be written in one day. Did Gudavadze, Berezovsky and their lawyers work on this agreement from the day Badri died? Not grieving, not taking care of the funeral arrangements but drafting that 50/50 agreement? (See: the Berezovsky-Gudavadze 50/50 agreement)

G-News: The lawsuit alleges that this 50/50 agreement could be drafted before Badri died. That's a horrible thought. Is there any evidence to support this?

Yes there is. We cannot discuss it at this time but it will be presented in court in due course.

G-News:  And jealousy?

Since his separation from Gudavadze, Badri had been living with another woman, Olga Safonova with whom he had already had a son David. On May 16, 1997, Badri married Safonova. Interestingly, unlike Gudavadze, Safonova assumed Badri's name, Patarkatsishvili. (See Material related to Badri-Safonova marriage) How would you feel if your husband married another woman and have a child with her?

G-News:  The lawsuit also alleges that it may have to do with Ms. Gudavadze's immigration status in the UK?

Yes. It is alleged that Gudavadze obtained her residency in England by fraud because she failed to inform British immigration authorities about the 1994 separation agreement. Badri obtained his residency as a substantial investor in England and his marriage to Safonova jeopardized Gudavadze’s immigration status. In addition, in 2002, Greek Police investigated Gudavadze and her two daughters, Iya and Liana and determined that their "Greek passports" and residency permits "had been forged." (See Gudavadze's "Greek passports" and decision of Greek authorities.) Hence, Gudavadze was completely dependent on Badri’s good will not to be banned  from the UK and all countries in the Shengen Zone. But with Badri’s death, Gudavadze could keep her status as his widow.

G-News:  Gudavadze family says they are confident that the New York Supreme Court will exonerate her and that she will use her family's vast resources to fight. Your comments.

We know that Ms. Gudavadze now is a very wealthy woman.  In Gibraltar, for example she spent millions of British Pounds just on legal fees. But in the United States, courts do not make decisions based on the size of a party's wallet.

And if she truly believes she is innocent, we'll make her this offer: let us all skip legal technicalities and jointly ask the judge to schedule jury trial at the Court's earliest convenience and let the justice prevail. If she is  so confident, she will accept this challenge. But if she has what lawyers call mens rea, Latin for "guilty mind", then she will use all her financial means to delay the trial as long as she can.


(from the interview with Sarke Magazine)

Sarke: Prior to [his death] he truly had no health problems?

Gudavadze: Last fall Badri went to Israel and had a comprehensive medical check-up. When he came back to London, he smilingly reported to me that if he quits smoking, he'll live to be 120, if he does not - "only" 100. That's what doctors told him.

Sarke: There have been talks in society about poisoning.

Gudavadze: Don't want to speculate on this topic. We've been presented with the autopsy conclusions, with which we generally agree, but I nonetheless leave one per cent possibility that this could happen.



(from the court records)

"The reason why I signed this document on the day of departure we were taking Badri to Georgia that day, I was in a hurry to leave for Georgia ... ... and in fact what I was signing in my mind was that by signing this paper I would get rid of Boris Berezovsky... ... I thought I was signing total separation from this man, whom I understand that he was partly guilty in Badri's death because he involved, he pushed Badri into politics, and that's the only thing that I agree with Joseph Kay, that Boris is responsible for what happened to Badri ... ...I was under very big stress after my husband died, so -- I am sorry."