Battle of the oligarchs draws to end


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The Independent Online

The legal contest between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and his former friend and business partner Boris Berezovsky is finally over after nearly four months.

Mr Berezovsky is suing Mr Abramovich for more than £3.5bn, the largest private litigation in the UK's history.

Mr Berezovsky's barrister Laurence Rabinowitz made his closing submissions on Wednesday before other minor claimants made their final speeches. Dame Justice Gloster is expected to return a ruling in six months' time.

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