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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pop Star, Businessman Settle Custody Feud

Chechen businessman Ruslan Baisarov and pop star Kristina Orbakaite settled a high-profile dispute over their son, Deni, 11, by agreeing to joint custody Tuesday.

The agreement, announced during hearings at the Chechen Supreme Court, calls for the boy to stay with his father when his mother is on tour or otherwise traveling, Interfax reported.

The custody dispute broke out when Baisarov failed to return Deni to his mother at the end of the summer break amid a squabble over the boy’s frequent travel to the United States, where Orbakaite has an apartment.

Baisarov filed suit in a Grozny court for full custody rights, saying he did not want the boy “traveling to America and left without an upbringing from his father.”

Orbakaite fired back that Baisarov was biased against the United States because he had been refused a U.S. visa, and she filed a countersuit in a Moscow court, which had been scheduled to hear her case Oct. 27.

The Grozny court awarded custody to the father on Sept. 15, but the Chechen Supreme Court overturned that decision with the settlement.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said he had asked Baisarov to settle the dispute with Orbakaite peacefully, according to a statement on his official web site.

Prominent lawyer Anatoly Kucherena praised the settlement, saying it could set an example for similar custody disputes.

The case has provoked widespread coverage in the tabloids. In early September, Baisarov brought Deni to a news conference, where he told journalists that he wanted to live with his father.

Orbakaite is the daughter of pop diva Alla Pugachyova.