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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

In the Spotlight: Breakups

Breaking up is never easy to do, especially when you earn your living by telling other people how to find Mr. Right. In the case of Roza Syabitova, a professional matchmaker and co-host of a television show called “Let’s Get Married,” things took a tragic turn when her new hubby, a 37-year-old fitness instructor, turned out not just to be incompatible with her, but a complete lowlife.

Syabitova is the good cop on the Channel One lonely hearts show. She gazes quizzically over her glasses at contestants and suggests that they take a chance on the sexiest one. She’s also the author of books including “The Man of Your Dreams” and “Find Your Love.”

But her judgment went terribly wrong in her own case. She met Yury when he was a contestant on the show, and he took a fancy to Syabitova herself. But her new husband turned out to have a heavy hand. She told the web site that they broke up after he beat her up in public.

He kicked her for about 15 minutes on the street, but no one tried to help, she told last week. “People walked past — men — and said nothing. Some people took photographs.”

The case was discussed on the popular blog of journalist Natalya Radulova this week, where more than 600 people wrote comments.

“I understand she’s a professional in the dating sphere and grasps the proportion of decent men to women, but that’s not a reason to put up with a creep,” Julia Redkina wrote.

Viewers “will love her even more now. After all, she’s now just like Tanya or Manya from next door,” predicted another commentator, Swir_el.

Syabitova in October gave a glowing interview to 7 Dnei magazine, describing her happiness with Yury. She revealed that Yury, who is almost 10 years younger than her, made her “really happy as a woman.” But she said he could “flare up” and was so jealous that he banned her from accepting flowers from fans.

She is not the only presenter of a wedding show to announce a breakup recently. Tina Kandelaki, the former host of CTC’s “Wedding Commotion” — a show where couples competed to win a wedding — announced last month that she is divorcing her husband, a businessman. The tabloids have long hinted at this, and the couple handled the announcement with enviable insouciance.

“I think the institute of marriage as it exists today is out of date” Kandelaki’s husband, Andrei Kondrakhin, told, adding that the two were on friendly terms. While Tina did the stylish thing and said nothing.

Another colorful breakup was in the headlines as Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov’s businessman brother-in-law Viktor Baturin had the bailiffs in to seize his assets after divorcing his wife, pop producer Yana Rudkovskaya. reported that Baturin may have to part with assets including a “decorative owl,” and an “electric screwdriver,” as the bailiffs moved in to collect $53 million owed to Rudkovskaya among others.

His sister Yelena Baturina is Russia’s richest woman and a former business partner of her brother, but they had a falling-out.

After Baturin and Rudkovskaya divorced, neither was inconsolable. She married figure skater Yevgeny Plushenko, while he tied the knot with his pregnant girlfriend, a former dancer called Ilona.

In a case that compared to a “Mexican soap opera,” Ilona is now taking court action to stop her house in ritzy suburb Barvikha from being confiscated, arguing that Baturin gave it to her.

With plenty of chutzpah, Baturin pluckily told Rossia-24 television that he wasn’t too worried because he had set aside deposits and trust funds for his children “in preparation for future scandals.”