Monday, 9 June 2014

215th birthday of Alexander Pushkin

(Born 6 June 1799, Moscow, Russia)
Moscow currently celebrates a week of activity of poetry recital and reading competition to commemorate the 215th birthday of Pushkin, arguably Russia’s most famous poet and father of modern Russian literature, whose matrilineal great-grandfather, Abram Gannibal, is an enslaved African who works himself through to become an engineer, regional governor and general in the czarist army and rises to the Russian aristocracy, and whose great-granddaughter Nadedja marries Prince George of Battenburg of the British royal family, uncle of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II 


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