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Inside the glamorous lives of London’s crazy rich Russians



Anna Milyavskaya, 24, is the daughter of an actress and a businessman, who often shows off her very glamorous jetset lifestyle on Instagram.

She moved to England aged 14 to attend boarding school, leaving behind her Moscow mansion in an exclusive neighbourhood where residents include Russian president Vladimir Putin. 

The youngster has lived in exclusive neighbourhoods, including Belgravia and Mayfair.

Anna also attended Regent’s University, which costs more than £40,000 a year and is one of  Britain’s most expensive private higher education institutions.  

She regularly poses for snaps decked out in designer clothes as she wanders the globe and can be found lounging around a private jet and catching rays on a superyacht. 

Recent posts show her shopping in Moscow, getting dinner in Budapest and sunbathing in Turkey – but she spends most of her time in London.

In 2018, she told Tatler that while living in Belgravia, every second person she met was Russian. 

She explained: ‘Sometimes you’d be like, ‘Am I in Moscow or am I in London?’.’

She also told the society bible about her life frequenting Harrods, members clubs in Belgravia and enjoying exotic holidays.

Another showing off luxurious lifestyle online is Sofia Abramovich – daughter of billionaire Chelsea owner Roman.

The Royal Holloway graduate regularly shares envy-inducing snaps on social media, which reflect her love of horses, champagne and exotic holidays.

The influencer is the third child of Chelsea billionaire owner Abramovich and his second wife Irina, and moved from Russia to England with the rest of her family in 2003. 

Sofia, who grew up at her family’s £18million estate in Sussex, and along with her older siblings Anna, 28, and Arkadiy, 26, attended private schools in London charging up to £40,000 a year.

Demonstrating their lavish lifestyle, sister Anna has previously described how they used to arrive at school by helicopter from their country home in Sussex. 

Sofia regularly shares snaps of her luxurious holidays on Instagram, enjoying trips to Ibiza, the Maldives and Tokyo. 

It seems that for father Roman, who is worth £10.1billion, no expense is spared when it comes to his daughter.

For her 18th birthday, he treated her to lavish birthday bash at the Under The Bridge nightclub at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground, featuring performances from Scouting For Girls and McBusted.

The party, attended by 500 friends, is believed to have cost the Chelsea owner around £30,000.

Although she’s clearly used to living the high-life, Sofia is not afraid to get her hands dirty, and regularly shares pictures of herself at the stables with her beloved horses, Dora, Billy Fraulein and Zanzibar.

She has completed in competitions around the world, including the Mediterranean Equestrian Tour in Spain and events in Monaco. 

Her father is believed to have paid more than three times the market price for one of her horses- an estimated £500,000 – after it won first prize in its class at the International Horse Show at Olympia.

Sofia often shares pictures taken at home with her dogs, Zeke and Blue – as well as throwback images with her parents and siblings.

Elsewhere Philipp Gazmanov, 22, is the stepson of Russian megastar and pop icon Oleg Gazmanov.

Oleg was awarded with the Order ‘For Merit to the Fatherland’ by Putin in 26 December 2012 and is considered a People’s Artist of Russia, which is the highest honorary title of the Russian Federation for outstanding achievements. 

Philipp splits his time between Moscow and England having attended exclusive boarding schools – Essex’s New Hall School, then Hurtwood House in Surrey.

He has already started his own business which he describes as ‘Uber for trucks’, and has done modelling work through Marvin Models Agency, founded St. Petersburg photographer Alexander Mavrin. 

He regularly shares his shirtless modelling shoots on Instagram, showing off his figure honed to perfectio with gym sessions and sport such as snowboarding. 

Phillip has remained tight-lipped about his social life in London – only admitting to the existence of secret societies which the elites are a part of. 

Describing himself as down to earth, the entrepreneur said: ‘What I like is that there are secret clubs and societies, restaurants where only certain people can go.’ 

Refusing to name them, he added: ‘There is a reason they stay secret.’

Meanwhile his mother Marianna has spoken out about her devotion and close bond to her children on her own Instagram page.

Sharing a snap of Philipp and his sister Marianna in January, she wrote: ‘Children are the best thing that happened to me in life. They are my best advisers and friends.

‘I am that rock on which their passions and excessive emotions will break, I am a haven where they will be safe, because I love them unconditionally.’

Model, artist and photographer Anastasia Malakhova, also 23, moved to the UK at the age of 14, and attended private school Harrodian in Barnes, south west London.

The school is famed for its A-list attendees, where parents can use the school gym and hang out at the cafe.

Another fixture in Russian’s exclusive community in London, the Maths whizz and model enjoys annual holidays to the Tuscan seaside town of Forte dei Marmi ever- a favourite destination among her circle.

She can also be found out on the town in the capital, lapping up glamorous nights out in Knightsbridge.

Anastasia told Tatler that she doesn’t need to plan holidays with her friends, because she just ‘knows’ that they’ll be there if she calls.  

Describing herself as a designer and model, Anastasia has her own brand Obsession Silk, which specialises in barely there silk clothing.

She is also at trained ballet dancer and studied performing arts management. 

Her Instagram is packed full of arty shots of her adventures through London, Paris and Moscow and she regularly delights her 20,000 followers by sharing fashion-forward snaps of her latest outfits.   

Son of a businessman, Sasha Ignatiev, 23, also frequents the same ‘hot spots’ that Anastasia hints at. 

A first-generation Russian, he grew up in South Kensington with his British mother and Russian businessman father. 

He now enjoys the use of a country house in Kent which boasts a sauna, ice-cold plunge pool, bearskins and taxidermied reindeer heads. 

And if he’s not relaxing in Kent, he told Tatler the regular holiday spots his gang of rich Russian friends like to be seen at. 

The set like to spend their summers in Marbella, Monaco, Mykonos, Saint Tropez and Ibiza as they lap up the sunshine and glitzy clubs on the scene. 

Meanwhile in the winter, he can be found on the slopes of St Moritz and Gstaad in Switzerland or even luxurious Courchevel in France. 

Sasha, who is also a graduate from Royal Holloway, already owns his own clothing line and enjoys membership at Queen’s Club, which charges around £2,000 a year. 

The youngster has also dabbled in the music industry and recently released a 2-hour long mix of house music online. 

But he is currently working as a senior assistant for the Russian tourist office, with his Linked-in boasting that he is ‘bilingual in French and English, with proficiency in Russian and Spanish’.

It details that he has ‘experience in the tourism sector’ but is ‘eager to go forward into hospitality.’

His other talents include whipping up fine cuisine in the kitchen, with the youngster even starting an Instagram page during lockdown to show off his impressive skills. 

He has previously revealed how his father, who also works in tourism, likes ‘all things English’ but ‘with a Russian twist.’

He explained: ‘He loves Ascot. That’s probably his favourite thing, even though it’s so English.

‘[But] if you still want to bring your heritage with you.’  

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