Homecoming For Russia's Erstwhile Elite

Prince Yevgeny Meshchersky clambers out of a muddy trench where he is laying a sewer line. "Excuse me, I am not prepared to greet guests," he says, wiping his hands on his brown coveralls. He ducks into a dilapidated building, emerging in clean clothes to offer a handshake and a tour of the Petrovskoye-Alabino estate.

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