Countess Alexandra Tolstoy cries as she is ‘evicted’ from London home

Countess Alexandra Tolstoy has revealed that she cried as she was evicted from the South London home her ex reportedly paid £12 million cash for in 2011, with her three children this week.  

The aristocratic beauty, 46, the daughter of Count Nikolai Tolstoy and ex-partner of Russian billionaire Sergei Pugachev, 57, revealed in May she was given just 12 days notice of repossession during the coronavirus outbreak, after her ex lost ownership in 2018 when Moscow judges ruled that it belonged to creditors in the Russian capital.

He is now living in France after a four-year battle with the Russian government – where the DIA accused him of siphoning off millions from a state bailout of his bank, Mezhprombank. 

Yesterday, Alexandra took to Instagram to share picture of her beloved London home being emptied by a packing company, showing piles of boxes in the kitchen and sitting room.

She is currently staying at her parents beautiful country home in Oxfordshire with her three children, but despite the idyllic setting, the Russian-born socialite has divulged her anguish at being kicked out of her London pad and losing her travel tour company in recent months.  

Countess Alexandra Tolstoy has revealed that she cried as she was evicted from her multi-million London home with her three children this week

Countess Alexandra Tolstoy has revealed that she cried as she was evicted from her multi-million London home with her three children this week

The aristocratic beauty, 46, the daughter of Count Nikolai Tolstoy and ex-partner of Russian billionaire Sergei Pugachev, 57, revealed in May she was given just 12 days notice during the coronavirus outbreak. Pictured: Alexandra Tolstoy, 45, and Sergei Pugachev, 57, in happier times.

Alexandra said her partner fell out with Putin after they started dating, with the politician calling Sergei 'a traitor'

Sharing a picture of her colourful living room, Alexandra took to Instagram last night and wrote: ‘Enjoying every little last second of our beloved home’, adding ‘just a few tears’.

Alexandra shared this picture of the property's elegant living room, saying that she was trying to enjoy every last minute left in her home

The Countess at work at her desk, giving a talk to pupils at her alma mater Downe House

Alexandra shared this picture of the property’s elegant living room, saying that she was trying to enjoy every last minute left in her home (left). The Countess at work at her desk, giving a talk to pupils at her alma mater Downe House (right)

Alexandra recently put the upright Yamaha piano her children practice on up for sale. A snap shared to Instagram reveals walls decorated with a display of taxidermy butterflies and cute wooden figurines perched on top

Decluttering mode! Alexandra recently cleared out the playroom three weeks before having to move out, saying she was determined to have a tidy space for their last days in the home

Alexandra recently put the upright Yamaha piano her children practice on up for sale. A snap shared to Instagram reveals walls decorated with a display of taxidermy butterflies and cute wooden figurines perched on top (left) Decluttering mode! Alexandra recently cleared out the playroom three weeks before having to move out, saying she was determined to have a tidy space for their last days in the home (right)

It comes after her ex-partner Pugachev lost ownership of his London property, where Alexandra had been residing, after Moscow judges ruled that it belonged to creditors in the Russian capital, in October 2018.The aristocratic beauty, 46, is the daughter of Count Nikolai Tolstoy and ex-partner of Russian billionaire Sergei Pugachev.

The aristocratic beauty, 46, is the daughter of Count Nikolai Tolstoy and ex-partner of Russian billionaire Sergei Pugachev.

He was also embroiled in a four-year battle with the Russian government – where the DIA accused him of transferring millions from Mezhprombank.

They have been pursuing him in England’s high court and ordered him to give up his passports. 

The Russian banker claimed the state was trying to steal his £11.5billion assets – including two shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and two properties in Moscow and St Petersburg. 

Pugachev, who was once in Vladimir Putin’s inner circle, managed to flee to France – and has since split from Alexandra – who claims he claiming ‘physically attacked’ her, before locking the children in one room and hiding her passport.

But Sergei claims she left with their children, promising to return in two weeks, but ‘never came back’.

The Anglo-Russian influencer and the children were reportedly told to leave their multi-million Chelsea property in January, following Pugachev’s property battle.

Sharing a picture of her colourful living room, Alexandra took to Instagram last night and wrote: ‘Enjoying every little last second of our beloved home’, adding ‘just a few tears’.

Earlier this month she shared a picture as she posed outside her former home with children Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria, writing: ‘Very far from smiling now; our final moment together outside our home for the last eleven years. 

‘Each one of my children started their life in this house and as it’s not our choice to leave, it’s painful and oh so sad. The children have left now and I’m all alone and packing away a decade of belongings and memories. But onwards and upwards’, adding: ‘Indulging in a weep now’.

And it appears she is now renting out her country cottage, because a recent post on her Instagram account invites followers to DM her for rental prices. 

WHO IS SERGEI  PUGACHEV? 

Sergei Pugachev once owned two major shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990s.

He enjoyed a close relatinship with Vladimir Putin, and in 2008 when Sergei’s bank hit problems, the Russian state bailed it out with $1 billion loan.

Sergei amassed enormous wealth from his companies, and lived a lavish lifestyle before becoming an enemy of the Russian state

Sergei amassed enormous wealth from his companies, and lived a lavish lifestyle before becoming an enemy of the Russian state 

Sergei, who left Russia in 2011, claims that relations between him and Putin cooled, due to his relationship with the Russian leader calling him a ‘traitor’ for dating ‘English woman’ Alexandra, the Kremlin tried to seize or destroy his business empire.  

The Russians then accused him of profiting from vast sums of taxpayers’ money given to Mezhprombank by the Russian central bank at the height of the 2008 economic crisis. 

It has since been pursuing Sergei Pugachev through the High Court claiming he illegally siphoned hundreds of millions of pounds from the government bailout of the Mezhprombank.

Authorities froze his assets, put him on Interpol’s wanted list and obtained a court order in Britain forcing him to hand over his passports.

By 2015, he was dividing his time between France and the family home in London and reputed to be number 3 on Kremlin’s hitlist.

Mr Pugachev denies the allegations and claims Moscow is trying to steal £11billion of his assets, including two shipyards and the world’s largest mine. 

He has previously been declared to be in contempt of court, with a two-year prison sentence left hanging over his head should he return to this country.

He had been living in France for the past five years after being ordered to give up his passports in 2014. 

In Nice, he was visited by the DIA who demanded repayment of the billion dollar loan and threatened his family, saying they could ‘cut off his son’s finger and send it back to him.’ 

He also claims ‘credible attempts’ had been made on his life in the UK. 

The tycoon is in another legal battle with Russia in The Hague where he is suing the Federation for £11billion.

He claims he is being targeted because of his knowledge of state secrets.

Sergei said he enjoyed a 'very close' friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin before falling out, with the politician calling Sergei 'a traitor' for dating an 'English woman'

Sergei said he enjoyed a ‘very close’ friendship with Russian president Vladimir Putin before falling out, with the politician calling Sergei ‘a traitor’ for dating an ‘English woman’

Yesterday she took to Instagram to share picture of her beloved London home being emptied by a packing company, giving a glimpse at the piles of boxes in the kitchen and sitting room

Yesterday she took to Instagram to share picture of her beloved London home being emptied by a packing company, giving a glimpse at the piles of boxes in the kitchen and sitting roomAlexandra shared before and after pictures of her rooms being cleared

She admitted it 'feels so strange'

Alexandra shared before and after pictures of her rooms being cleared and admitted it ‘feels so strange’Alexandra shared a wistful picture of the piles of boxes in her home with a shocked face

Alexandra shared a wistful picture of the piles of boxes in her home with a shocked faceThis month she shared a picture as she posed outside her former home with children Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria, writing: 'Very far from smiling now; our final moment together outside our home for the last eleven years.'

This month she shared a picture as she posed outside her former home with children Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria, writing: ‘Very far from smiling now; our final moment together outside our home for the last eleven years.’In May Countess Alexandra Tolstoy (seen with her daughter) revealed that she was served an eviction notice from her multi-million home with only 12 days notice during the pandemic

In May Countess Alexandra Tolstoy (seen with her daughter) revealed that she was served an eviction notice from her multi-million home with only 12 days notice during the pandemicIn a highly confessional post, she told her 54,000 followers: 'Life is complicated at the moment.'

In a highly confessional post, she told her 54,000 followers: ‘Life is complicated at the moment.’She shares frequent pictures of her family life and has been staying in the countryside

She shares frequent pictures of her family life and has been staying in the countryside  She is currently staying at her parents beautiful country home in Oxfordshire with her three children during the isolation period

She is currently staying at her parents beautiful country home in Oxfordshire with her three children during the isolation period

WHO IS ALEXANDRA TOLSTOY? 

Before she met Sergei, Alexandra was married to a penniless Cossack named Shamil Galimzyanov. 

The pair met whilst travelling along the Silk Road on horse in 1999.

Smahmil was an Uzbek showjumper employed as a guide on the trip. They married in 2003 in London.

Tolstoy first met Sergei, then a Russian senator and trusted friend of Putin who had separated from his wife, when asked to give him English lessons while she was living in Moscow with Galimzyanov.

A year later, they met again at an awards ceremony attended by the Russian president.

Within months, Tolstoy and was pregnant with Sergei’s child. They had three children together – Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria.

Alexandra is the eldest of Anglo-Russian historian and writer Nikolai Tolstoy’s four children.

She grew up in Oxfordshire before going to Edinburgh University to study philosophy. She spent her gap year in Russia. 

She has also taken extensive riding trips through Mongolia and Siberia and organises riding holidays in central Asia as well as being a writer.

In a highly confessional post in May, she told her 54,000 followers: ‘Life is complicated at the moment.

‘I’ve lost my travel business and have been told in the last week that we are shortly to be evicted from our home by the Russian government.

‘In fact, they gave me and my children twelve days notice, at the height of a global pandemic.

‘It’s difficult to sleep and focus but over many difficult years I have been tough on myself about staying in the moment, and taking pleasure out of the small things.

‘Reading is certainly one of those and in particular I hugely enjoy reading out loud to my children, especially if it’s Just William.’

The countess’s business ‘Travel With Alexandra’, which offers a ‘Tolstoy tour’ to Moscow and Polyana, cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, and horse riding in Kyrgyzstan has been shut.'Reading is certainly one of those and in particular I hugely enjoy reading out loud to my children, especially if it's Just William,' Alexandra said, admitting it's relieved her stress

‘Reading is certainly one of those and in particular I hugely enjoy reading out loud to my children, especially if it’s Just William,’ Alexandra said, admitting it’s relieved her stressTolstoy has three children with the Sergei - Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria. (seen in the kitchen with her daughter)

Tolstoy has three children with the Sergei – Alexei, known as Aliosha, Ivan and Maria. (seen in the kitchen with her daughter)The countess's (seen enjoying cake in the garden) business 'Travel With Alexandra', which offers a 'Tolstoy tour' to Moscow and Polyana, cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, and horse riding in Kyrgyzstan has been shut

The countess’s (seen enjoying cake in the garden) business ‘Travel With Alexandra’, which offers a ‘Tolstoy tour’ to Moscow and Polyana, cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, and horse riding in Kyrgyzstan has been shut

Speaking in TV documentary The Countess and the Russian Billionaire, which aired on BBC2 earlier this year, Alexandra tells how her world came crumbling down around her when Pugachev fled to France in fear of his life after the Kremlin issued an arrest warrant, claiming he owes the state $1 billlion. 

The former couple, who allowed cameras into their lives for five years for the documentary, are now completely estranged. Pugachev has cut off Alexandra and their children financially, she claims, and she now faces being left with ‘nothing’ after the Kremlin evicted them from their London townhouse. 

As filming began in 2015, Alexandra offered cameras a tour of her lavish home in Battersea, south London, where her neighbours included Brian Ferry. ‘We have a PA, two housekeepers, two drivers, an English nanny, a Russian nanny and a French tutor,’ she said. 

Sergei once owned two major shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990s.

Alexandra toyed with moving to France to be with Sergei in exile in the country, but ended up deciding to stay in the UK

Sergei once owned two major shipyards, the world's biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990s

Alexandra toyed with moving to France to be with Sergei in exile in the country, but ended up deciding to stay in the UK. Sergei once owned two major shipyards, the world’s biggest mine and large chunks of real estate in Moscow and St Petersburg, as well as the Mezhprombank, which he co-founded in the 1990sThe countess's business 'Travel With Alexandra', which offers a 'Tolstoy tour' to Moscow and Polyana, cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, and horse riding in Kyrgyzstan (pictured) has been shut.

The countess’s business ‘Travel With Alexandra’, which offers a ‘Tolstoy tour’ to Moscow and Polyana, cultural tour of Moscow and St Petersburg, and horse riding in Kyrgyzstan (pictured) has been shut.

The couple met in 2008 after Sergei hired Alexandra to help improve his English while they were both living in Russia, where Sergei was once-close friends with Putin. 

But when Sergei revealed to ‘very close friend’ Putin that he was dating an English woman, the Russian leader was ‘very surprised’. 

The family moved between an array of properties including a £12million family home in Battersea, a 200-acre country estate in Hertfordshire, and a £40million beachfront villa in St Barts. 

But in 2008, Sergei’s bank hit problems and the Russian bank bailed it out with $1 billion loan.

Sergei, who left Russia in 2011, claims that after relations between him and Putin cooled, the Kremlin tried to seize or destroy his business empire.  

The Russians then accused him of profiting from vast sums of taxpayers’ money given to Mezhprombank by the Russian central bank at the height of the 2008 economic crisis. 

The Russian authorities froze his assets, put him on Interpol’s wanted list and obtained a court order in Britain forcing him to hand over his passports.

By 2015, he was dividing his time between France and the family home in London and reputed to be number 3 on Kremlin’s hitlist.Alexandra is seen perched in a reading corner of multi-million pound South London property wearing a personalised t-shirt

Alexandra is seen perched in a reading corner of multi-million pound South London property wearing a personalised t-shirtA glimpse at her sleek modern kitchen shows modern units, a wood floor and open plan eating area looking out onto a garden

A glimpse at her sleek modern kitchen shows modern units, a wood floor and open plan eating area looking out onto a gardenA spacious playroom which features a huge rug, musical instruments and a quaint rocking horse leads into  another living area

A spacious playroom which features a huge rug, musical instruments and a quaint rocking horse leads into  another living areaAlexandra poses on the stairs of her multi-storey former home which comes complete with a sweet children's rope banister

Alexandra poses on the stairs of her multi-storey former home which comes complete with a sweet children’s rope banisterAnother angle of the living area shows a look out onto the street and  an original fireplace

Another angle of the living area shows a look out onto the street and  an original fireplace

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