Tolstoy descendant takes in Ukrainian refugees

Marta Albertini, the great-granddaughter of Leo Tolstoy, has taken a Ukrainian mother and daughter into her home in Switzerland.

Anastasia Sheludko and Marta Albertini

Apparently Albertini and many others of Tolstoy’s descendants have signed a letter to Putin saying that the family opposed the war and that Tolstoy himself, a renowned pacifist, would have been horrified by it.

“We are against the horrors that are being perpetrated now, the invasion of an innocent country,” Albertini said.

Albertini has written a book about three generations of Tolstoy women — her great-grandmother (Sophia Tolstoy, mother of 13 children), her grandmother and her mother.

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