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Sergei Pugachev is pictured on Tolstoys left, with deep-set green eyes, a trimmed moustache and beard.

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With her partner in permanent hiding and their family being followed, Tolstoy began to feel that things were unsafe for her and her children, and by 2016 her relationship with the childrens father was under unbearable pressure.

Within a year of meeting she had given birth to a baby and the new family were living a life of luxury between Moscow, London and Paris.

From that moment on, she says, both she and the children have been financially cut off.

Countess Alexandra Tolstoy, an aristocratic English woman, had her own fairy tale come true when she fell in love with the man of her dreams in 2008, an oligarch and one of Russias richest men, Sergei Pugachev.

Pugachev was found liable for the banks losses – the bail-out money, it was said, had been paid into a Swiss bank account and then been moved around until all one billion dollars of it had simply vanished.

Sergei always thought Id be so desperate to be with him and his money, that I would follow him, Tolstoy says.

But Pugachev says that Putin didnt approve of his relationship with Alexandra Tolstoy.

Sergei Pugachev had amassed his vast $15bn fortune in post-communist Russia. He owned a coal mine, shipyards, designer brands and even one of Russias largest private banks.

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The couple split their time between an array of properties; including a 12m family home in Battersea, a 200-acre estate in Hertfordshire, and a beach-front villa in the Caribbean, worth $40m.

Then, in the spring of 2016, she left the chateau abruptly with the children, and they never returned.

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Sergei had one of his explosions where he physically attacked me, she says. He locked the children in a room, separate from me and he locked my passport and the childrens passports in his safe.

Relations between Britain and Russia reached a new low.

In 2012, wealthy Russian exile and whistleblower, Alexander Perepilichny, dropped dead while out jogging near his mansion in Surrey.

But she soon left her job and started a travel business, exploring the former Soviet Union, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan, and marrying a Cossack horseman in the process.

I have a whole life ahead of me. I can go back to the things I love, and this is who I am.

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In court, Pugachev was found liable for the banks losses and promptly fled Russia.

When Pugachev asked Tolstoy to move permanently to France with their three children to live together there as a family, Tolstoy was reluctant, she just couldnt do it.

I would feel too claustrophobic and isolated

Prior to that, Tolstoy had a privileged childhood; her father was a distant relative of the author Leo Tolstoy and Alexandra had attended an elite boarding school before working as a broker in the city.

The DIA denies this ever happened, but whats certain is that Pugachev refused to pay back the money.

Actually, I hate all those things now. Theyre associated with a life I didnt like, Tolstoy says.

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I love Russia so much, she says. Weirdly, my relationship with the Russian government is better than it is with Sergei.

Pugachev claims he had sold the bank years earlier, but Russia disagreed.

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In 2008 Pugachevs bank had hit problems and had been bailed out by the Russian State with a billion-dollar loan. But despite the bail-out, the bank went under just two years later.

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We moved here just after Id had my first baby. Then we bought the house next door.

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The couple look relaxed and tanned on a holiday, smiling easily and dressed in white linen.

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Some people look at me and say, Your life is so easy, you have lucky children who are so privileged, she says with tears in her eyes.

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The story begins five years ago in London, where the two were living a life of enviable luxury in their sprawling Chelsea home with their three young children.

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A framed photograph shows a glimpse of the man.

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I love my children and I really hope in the near future my children will be happy to be with their father and everything will be alright, he says.

Actually, Ive come through it. I had the strength to do it.

While Alexandra Tolstoy spends as much time as possible at her cottage in Oxfordshire with her children, who havent seen their father since 2016.

I either signed the agreement or I left the house the next day, she says.

Something in me just snapped that weekend – I knew we werent safe.

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