Kelantan Sultan divorces Russian wife allegedly in S’pore Syariah court

End of fairy tale.

Matthias Ang | July 17, 2019 @ 12:47 pm


The marriage between Sultan Muhammad V, the Sultan of Kelantan, and Oksana Voevodina, Russian model and beauty queen, is over.

The divorce was finalised on July 1, after it was allegedly filed on June 22, at the Syariah Court Singapore.

This is according to The Malaysian Insight.

The marriage had lasted for just over a year, as they reportedly got married on June 7, with photos of their marriage going viral only in November 2018.

In response to media queries, Syariah Court Singapore said there are no records of divorce filed by the couple.

Divorce of the greatest severity

The News Straits Times (NST) reported that the divorce was a “talak tiga” or talaq baayin divorce, which is the most severe form of divorce in Islam.

Known as the irrevocable divorce, the couple cannot remarry unless the woman marries another man who then, either divorces her of his own free will or dies.

A copy of the divorce certificate circulating online has since been confirmed to be genuine.

Sultan Muhammad V is 50, while Voevodina is 26.

No mention of the divorce made on social media

However, it appears that no mention of the divorce has been made on Voevodina’s Instagram account, which has 14 posts in total and more than 362,000 followers.

Voevodina’s latest post was on July 10, in which she briefly described her background in Malay and English.

The Malay portion of her caption also mentioned her marriage and the birth of her first child, whom she described as the crown prince of Kelantan, and potentially, the future king of Kelantan.

Here is the post:

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Assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera kepada para pengikut yang dihormati. Saya ingin memberitahu sedikit sebanyak mengenai diri saya. Nama saya Oksana dan saya dilahirkan pada 10hb Julai 1992 di Astrakhan, Rusia. Hari ini adalah hari jadi saya yang ke 27. Saya membesar dan juga bersekolah di Taganrog, daerah Rostov-on-Don. Semasa remaja, saya pergi ke ‘Summer School’ di Oxford untuk belajar Bahasa Inggeris. Pada 2009, saya berpindah ke Moscow dan menjadi pelajar di ‘Plekhanov Russian University of Economics’. Saya mendapat ijazah sarjana muda ekonomi pada tahun 2013. Pada tahun 2015, saya memenangi pertandingan ratu kecantikan ‘Miss Moscow’. Tidak lama kemudian, saya menceburi bidang industri fesyen. Saya mencipta jenama pakaian renang saya sendiri. Pada masa yang sama, saya belajar di ‘Moscow School of Radio and Television’. Pada tahun 2016, saya telah dianuggerahkan Ijazah Sarjana dalam Pengurusan. Saya seorang pakar dalam pemasaran antarabangsa. Pada tahun yang sama, saya membuka salon kecantikan di Moscow. Pada tahun 2017, saya berpindah ke Kuala Lumpur. Saya berkahwin pada bulan Jun 2018 dan pada bulan Mei 2019, saya melahirkan anak saya Ismail Leon- Tengku Mahkota Kelantan, dan insyallah bakal Raja Kelantan. Dear followers…I want to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Oksana. I was born on 10th July 1992 in Astrakhan, Russia. Today is my birthday, I’m 27 years old. I spent my childhood and graduated from school in Taganrog, Rostov-on-Don region. As a teen I went to Oxford summer school to study English. In 2009, I moved to Moscow and became a student at Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in economics in 2013. In 2015, I won the beauty contest "Miss Moscow". Then i created my own swimwear and beach fashion brand. At the same time, i studied at Moscow school of radio and television.

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And here is a translation of the Malay portion of the post:

“Greetings to my respected followers. I want to tell you a little more about myself. My name is Oksana and I was born on 10 July 1992 in Astrakhan, Russia. Today is my 27th birthday. I was raised and educated in Taganrog, in Rostov-on-Don. When I was a teenager, I went to summer school in Oxford to learn English. In 2009, I became a student in Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. I received my bachelor’s degree in economics in 2013. In 2015, i won the Miss Moscow beauty pageant. Not long from then, I entered the fashion industry. I created a swimsuit brand. At the same time, I also opened a beauty salon in Moscow. In 2017, I moved to KL. I got married in June 2018 and in May 2019, I gave birth to my son Ismail Leon, the crown prince of Kelantan, and if god wills, the future King of Kelantan.”

Voevodina’s father also boo-booed talks of the couple’s divorce in January.

Andrei Ivanovich Gorbatenko, an orthopaedic surgeon, said: “it’s nonsense. I do not read the Internet, but I would have been the first to know.”

Kelantan royal household issues statement allegedly in response to Voevodina

Subsequently, the royal household of Kelantan issued a statement on July 16, in which it stated that no one can be referred to as the “Permaisuri of Kelantan”, “Raja Perempuan Kelantan”, “Sultanah Kelantan” or the “Queen of Kelantan” without any official announcement from the palace.

Sources were quoted as stating that Voevodina’s post had also perturbed members of the royal household.

The Malay Mail added that the statement also clarified that it was Sultan Muhammad V’s mother who held the title of Queen in Kelantan, and that it was his younger brother who held the title of crown prince of Kelantan:

“Yang Teramat Mulia Dr Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail Petra is the Tengku Mahkota of Kelantan and His Highness Sultan Muhammad V’s mother, Yang Maha Mulia Tengku Anis binti Almarhum Tengku Abdul Hamid is titled Raja Perempuan Tengku Anis.”

However, no official statement has been issued by the Kelantan royal household regarding the divorce.

More details on the short-lived marriage:

M’sian Sultan’s Russian wife gave up New York modelling contract to marry him

M’sia’s Sultan Muhammad V weds Russian model in Moscow, but M’sian media avoids covering it

Top image collage from rihanapetra Instagram


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