At the 100th year of life in the United States, Sergei Tolstoy, great-grandson of Russian writer Leo Tolstoy has died. This was announced on its website on January 11 by the Washington Post.
Tolstoy died Jan. 4 in a hospice center in Bethesda, Maryland. The cause of his death was chronic illness. He also may have suffered a stroke, the report noted.
Tolstoy’s great-grandson is one of more than 200 direct descendants of his ancestor. Leo Tolstoy had 13 children. Most of them fled Russia after the 1917 revolution. After spending most of his life in Europe, mostly gambling, Sergei Tolstoy settled in Washington by the late 1960s.
Sergei was the only son of the writer’s granddaughter, Vera Tolstoy. She remained in Yugoslavia after emigrating, where she became the secretary of the Czech lumberman Odo Bakovsky. They got married in an Islamic rite, and they had a son Serge in 1922.
Serge Tolstoy told The Post in 2010 that his income consisted only of a $213 monthly Social Security check, of which $64 went to pay rent at St. Mary’s Court, a low-income shelter where he lived for 30 years.
Late in his life, a descendant of Tolstoy periodically attended family reunions at Yasnaya Polyana, the estate 200 kilometers south of Moscow, where his great-grandfather spent most of his life.