Abramovich to hear legal case result

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich will discover this week whether he has won a multibillion-pound legal battle with fellow Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky, court officials have said.

Mr Berezovsky, 66, claimed that Mr Abramovich, 45, had “intimidated” him into selling shares in a Russian oil company at a fraction of their value, during a High Court trial which started in London in October 2011 and ended in January 2012.

He also claimed that Mr Abramovich had broken a promise made during a deal relating to an aluminium company.

Mr Berezovsky alleged blackmail, breach of trust and breach of contract and claimed more than £3bn (€3.7bn) damages.

Mr Abramovich denied the allegations and denied that Mr Berezovsky was entitled to damages.

Judicial Office officials said today that High Court judge Mrs Justice Gloster would deliver a ruling in London on Friday.

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