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Russian billionaire heiress Rybolovleva holds wedding ceremony on Skorpios

Russian billionaire heiress Rybolovleva holds wedding ceremony on Skorpios

Russian heiress Ekaterina Rybolovleva and her partner Juan Sartori were on Wednesday joined in matrimony in a religious ceremony held on the island of Skorpios - the private island near Lefkas that Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev bought for his daughter from fellow-heiress Athina Onassis two and half years ago.

The ceremony, with some 50 hand-picked guests attending, started at 18:00 in the island's small chapel of Panagitsa where Jackie Onassis had married shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis 47 years earlier. A reception on the cruise ship O'MEGA will follow.

Officiating at the wedding were the Metropolitan of Lefkas and Ithaca Theophilos and the Archbishop of Berlin, Germany and Great Britain Markos, who is a personal friend of the Russia tycoon. The couple were joined in a civil marriage in Geneva on October 14 but wanted to have a religious ceremony as well.

Stringent security has been imposed around Skorpios for the marriage, while the local coast guard has also been asked to assist. According to locals from Lefkas, the town of Nydri opposite Skorpios has been literally inundated by press and photojournalists.