Former Agong, Russian pageant bride already divorced: Report

Love is patient; love is kind; and love is also fleeting. Reports have emerged this fine Monday that Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V, best known for this year’s shock abdication from his duties as Malaysia’s Agong (a rotating leadership role), previously known as the gentleman who kept Mahathir waiting a couple days to be sworn in post-general election, may have divorced his Russian beauty queen bride Oksana Voevodina, according to Astro Awani.

If unverified official documents are to be believed, the official filing date was June 22, in Singapore, with the motion being approved by Shariah Courts on July 1.

Only last week, the Sultana posted a photo detailing the magical love story between herself and the royal:

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Selepas pertemuan pertama, saya dan bakal suami meneruskan komunikasi melalui telefon setiap hari. Kami ingin berjumpa sekali lagi tetapi terlalu susah disebabkan kontrak peragawati saya, dan juga kerana kami berdua tinggal berjauhan. Saya juga diberi kontrak satu tahun di luar Russia oleh sebuah syarikat yang terkenal untuk berkerja sama dengan syarikat tersebut. Menurut kontrak ini saya terpaksa berpindah ke New York. Pada masa itu, bakal suami saya amat kecewa dan meminta saya supaya tidak membuat sebarang keputusan selagi tidak berjumpa sekali lagi. Kemudian saya mendapat jemputan untuk pergi ke Malaysia bersama ibu dan bapa saya. Jadi saya menerima jemputan itu dan pergi ke sana dengan ibu saya. Kami amat terpesona apabila melihat sendiri negara ini dan saya telah jatuh cinta dengan negara Malaysia. Saya tidak akan melupakan malam yang amat romantis apabila bakal suami saya meluahkan perasaanya dan memberitahu yang dia telah jatuh cinta kepada saya pada kali pertama kami bertemu. Dia juga memberitahu yang dia amat menyenangi dengan saya dan ingin saya menjadi suri hatinya. Maka, itulah permulaan cerita cinta kami. Malaysia adalah tanah tumpah anak saya dan dengan adanya anak ini, saya tahu saya telah membuat pilihan yang amat tepat. Alhamdulillah

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According to the documents, the divorce granted was a triple talak, a type of Islamic divorce where the talak (pronouncement of divorce) is repeated three times. It is a particularly harsh and serious form of divorce, which is considered to be irreversible until the woman marries another man, in good faith. Only after that marriage proves unsuccessful could she, in theory, re-marry the husband before.

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Bagi ramai orang, kisah pertemuan pertama saya dengan suami saya tetap menjadi misteri. Kami bertemu pada musim bunga 2017 di Eropah. Pada masa itu saya bekerjasama dengan rakan karib kami, Jacob Arabo. Selepas acara itu, kami pergi untuk makan malam, di mana saya berjumpa dengan seorang lelaki, dan beliau memperkenalkan dirinya sebagai Raja Malaysia. Saya menganggap itu sebagai jenaka semata-mata, dan saya pula bergurau bahawa saya juga adalah ratu di Moscow. Kami berbual sepanjang malam dan bertukar nombor telefon. Tidak lama kemudian terdapat berita yang muncul mengenai pelantikan raja, yang merupakan kawan baru saya … untuk diteruskan For many people, the story of our first meeting with my husband remains to be a mystery. We met in spring 2017 in Europe. At that time I cooperated with our common friend jeweler Jacob Arabo. After the event, we went for dinner, where I met a man, and he introduced himself as king of Malaysia. I took it as a joke and joked back that I was also the queen of Moscow. We talked all evening and exchanged phone numbers. Soon there were news appeared about the appointment of the king, who was my new friend… to be continued Для многих людей остаётся загадкой история нашего знакомства с мужем. Это случилось в Европе, весной 2017 года. На тот момент я сотрудничала с нашим общим знакомым ювелиром Джейкобом Арабо. После мероприятия мы отправились на ужин, где я познакомилась с мужчиной, и он представился королем Малайзии. Я восприняла это как шутку и пошутила в ответ, что я тоже королева Москвы. Мы проговорили весь вечер и обменялись номерами телефонов. Вскоре в прессе появились новости о назначении короля, которым и был мой новый знакомый… продолжение следует

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The article goes on to state that in January, prior to their son being born in May, the couple were engulfed in divorce rumors (of the British tabloid variety), with their relationship described as being “on the brink” of dissolution. This mind you, was taking place more or less exactly as the Malaysian public was discovering the wedding had even happened.

News of Sultan Muhammad V’s nuptials to the 25-year-old Russian finally made local headlines late last year, though it would be weeks before anything was confirmed by either the palace, or government. At the time, the Sultan was on a three-month medical leave of absence from his duties, and it seems, used the extended break to stage an elaborate wedding in Moscow.

Eventually, Muhammad stepped down from his role as Agong, adding a plume to the hat of famous abdications in history. The couple had largely remained quiet ever since, though it was announced on social media that Oksana was pregnant, and later that she had given birth to a boy.

We’ll await word from the palace on the divorce, but considering how long it took them to confirm the marriage in the first place – don’t hold your breaths, Coconauts.

*Ed. Note: This article has been amended to clarify the meaning of ‘triple talak’

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