Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS (born Alexandra Tolstoy-Miloslavsky, 1974; married name Alexandra Galimzyanova) is an equine adventurer, broadcaster and businesswoman, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has made several long distance journeys on horses which have provided the material for television documentaries, books and talks. 
It’s where I made some of my closest friends and enjoyed four very happy and carefree years... Edinburgh has drinking hours that are the envy of all other British universities. Our only worry was how to fill the time between 4am and 6am, when the pubs were shut... The seeds were sown there for the great passions in my life.
She next moved to London, joining Credit Suisse First Boston's graduate scheme as an Eastern European Equities broker. She resigned after a year and spent the next two years working and traveling abroad during which time she spent six weeks walking the old Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route through Spain. 
In 1999, she was part of a team which spent eight months travelling by horse and camel along a 5,000-mile length of the Silk Road. One of the support team members, an Uzbek show jumper, Shamil Galimzyanov, was to become her future husband. Upon completing the expedition, she moved to Moscow to complete her account of the expedition, The Last Secrets of the Silk Road, and to continue travelling in central Asia. 
In 2004, along with her husband, she embarked upon the 2,700 mile journey from Turkmenistan to Moscow, retracing an expedition undertaken by twenty-eight Turkmen riders in 1935, who took 84 days to cover the distance. Riding Akhal-Teke horses, they were stopped from completing the journey by an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, resuming it in 2006 arriving in Moscow in November. 
When not travelling on her own expeditions, Tolstoy continues to write, organise riding holidays in Central Asia, work as an interior designer and for BDI, a brand development company assisting European companies to develop their business in the countries of the former Soviet Union. 
In 2008, she spent a month filming Horse People with Alexandra Tolstoy, a television series for BBC Television in which she visited five quite different communities working with horses around the world. The BBC objected to her husband accompanying her, and this was later reported to have tested the marriage.
The BBC was hoping for more television work, with a spokesman commenting "Alexandra's Horse People was very popular and she could well do more". Tolstoy was reported in 2009 to be considering making a series about high society in contemporary Russia.
Her marriage to Galimzyanov broke down in 2009 shortly after the birth of a baby boy, Alexis.  Tolstoy decided not to return to her former home in Moscow and in April 2009 established herself with her son at a house in Chelsea. In June 2009, she was reported to have engaged "highly paid lawyers" to protect her private life.
In the summer of 2009, Tolstoy was staying with Pugachev at a villa in the South of France and was also helping him to find a country estate in England. In December she acquired a farmhouse near Malvern in Herefordshire for herself. Her distant cousin Alexander Nekrassov broke the news that Pugachev was the father of Tolstoy's son.
By 2011, Tolstoy and Pugachev were widely reported as a couple, with homes in Monaco, London, and Moscow, but Pugachev remained married to Galina, with whom he has children and grandchildren. After son Alexis the couple had another son Ivan (*2010) and a daughter (*2012).
- Horse People with Alexandra Tolstoy
- The Last Secrets of the Silk Road: Four Girls Follow Marco Polo Across 5,000 Miles (London: Profile Books, 2003) ISBN 978-1-86197-379-5
- The Horses of Heaven
- Alexandra Tolstoy's website, alexandratolstoy.com
- The Daily Telegraph - BBC's 'sickening' horse documentary sparks viewer complaints, 8 April 2009
- Alexandra Tolstoy, Alexandra Tolstoy: Edinburgh, 30 March 2003, at scotsman.com
- The Scotsman - My Scotland - Alexandra Tolstoy: Edinburgh, 30 March 2003
- Richard Kay, Tolstoy's marital mayhem, 8 June 2009, at dailymail.co.uk
- Richard Eden, New friend helps Alexandra Tolstoy go back to her Russian roots dated 11 July 2009, at telegraph.co.uk
- Kay, Richard. "Countess Tolstoy, her Cossack husband, a billionaire oligarch lover and the truth about her baby son". Daily Mail.
- Richard Eden, Alexandra Tolstoy calls in lawyers to protect 'secret' baby son dated 6 June 2009, at telegraph.co.uk
- Richard Eden, Oligarch's friend Alexandra Tolstoy finds a country estate dated 26 Dec 2009 at telegraph.co.uk
- Alexander Nekrassov, Stirring Trouble at twitter.com
- Richard Kay, Miss Tolstoy counts her £2bn fortune dated 24 June 2011 at dailymail.co.uk