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War­ring Tol­stoy de­fi­ant as she faces evic­tion

- Tolstoi · Chelsea · London · West London · Belgium · Belarus · Iceland · Moscow

ES­TRANGED from her oli­garch lover Sergei Pu­gachev — once known as Putin’s Banker — so­cialite Alexan­dra Tol­stoy faces an anguished Christ­mas.

For she and their three chil­dren are within weeks of be­ing evicted from their £8.9 mil­lion house in Chelsea, West Lon­don. ‘We have to be out by the end of Jan­uary and have nowhere to move to,’ she tells me.

The im­pend­ing evic­tion is the con­se­quence of High Court ac­tion taken against Pu­gachev by state cred­i­tors in Moscow who ac­cuse him of em­bez­zling more than £655mil­lion.

At least Alexan­dra’s spirit re­mains un­bro­ken. ‘I’m work­ing as hard as I can to look af­ter my chil­dren,’ she says de­fi­antly.

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