A young mum who had 22 children with the help of surrogates found herself in conflict after her millionaire husband was arrested.
A 22-year-old mum whose millionaire husband was arrested for money laundering has admitted life is ‘tough’.
Russian Kristina Ozturk, 24, lived with her 57-year-old husband, Galip Ozturk, in a picturesque coastal town in the Georgian republic of Adjara before her arrest on May 31.
Kristina already had a child from a previous relationship when she met Galip, a Turkish businessman who is said to own a bus company and a hotel.
The couple spent more than $260,000 on surrogates between March 2020 and July 2021 to produce 21 children — and spend an additional $124,000 a year on 16 nannies caring for their large brood.
However, their plans to expand their family even further were recently put on hold after Ozturk was arrested following a police raid.
The bus baron was arrested on charges related to money laundering and falsifying documents, Bloomberg recently reported.
According to the report, a local TV channel showed footage of special forces raiding a hotel owned by Ozturk in the seaside trade hub bordering Turkey.
Since his arrest, Kristina has continued to share her struggles on social media, writing that it was “difficult” without him.
“The feeling of loneliness doesn’t leave me even with so many close people around,” she wrote in an Instagram post, loosely translated into English.
“I’m used to the fact that my husband is always at home, always there.
“Now it’s harder for me than ever, I can’t stand the silence, I can’t stand its absence, I can’t sleep and wake up alone.”
The couple met in Georgia when Kristina, a former stripper, was vacationing there from Russia.
Ozturk fled to the country in 2018 after being sentenced to life imprisonment for a 1996 murder in his home country of Turkey. The mirror reports.
He was accused of ordering the murder of a man named Kuvvet Köseoğlu.
In a separate post, the young mother – who is 33 years younger than her husband – detailed the support she has received since her husband’s arrest.
The couple first made headlines when Kristina revealed she planned to foster over 100 children using surrogates, saying she would be happy to spend over $1.5 million on make his dream a reality.
It costs around 8,000 euros (12,500 Australian dollars) to legally use a surrogate in Georgia.
Counseling and legal documents are essential for surrogate mothers, who are carrying the babies who are genetically the biological children of Kristina and her husband.
“The Batumi clinic chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process,” she previously explained on social media.
“We do not know the surrogates personally and do not have direct contact with them in order to avoid problems after the pregnancy.”
Originally published as Mum-of-22 ‘struggle’ details as millionaire husband is detained