Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine has placed his shadowy inner circle under the microscope. The notoriously private Kremlin strongman has surrounded himself with powerful oligarchs over the years. Amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, many of these elite Russian businessmen have now been sanctioned over their links to Putin. One man who is well aware of the Kremlin’s inner power struggles and the Russian President’s cutthroat nature is Sergei Pugachev.
“It is to frighten me and frighten my children to get at Sergei.
“It is just really, really unpleasant. I am a British citizen and I have done nothing.”
In December 2015, Alexandra was at home in Chelsea when three police officers arrived late at night.
The officers, who were there under the instructions of the High Court, had been authorised to detain Sergei.
An arrest warrant had been issued for the oligarch after he had earlier fled the UK, claiming his life was in danger.
In 2016, a High Court judge found him in contempt of court for fleeing the UK and sentenced him in absentia to two years behind bars.
In the Netflix film, Alexandra, claimed Sergei being targeted by the authorities was “traumatic” for their children.
Recalling the police visit, she said: “They said, ‘We have a search and arrest warrant for Sergei Pugachev. If you don’t let us in now, we will knock the door down’.
“So, I was on my own, with the children and my nanny, so I had to let them in.
“So, they literally looked everywhere, every cupboard, every bathroom, every room, under the covers in the children’s room.
“I was very, very upset because my children were there, and I don’t want them to hear anything like that. It is very traumatic.”
‘The Countess and the Russian Billionaire’ is available on Netflix.