The poet died on February 10, 183 years ago.
On February 10, the day when Alexander Pushkin died after his duel with Georges d'Anthès, several events commemorating the greatest Russian poet were held in St. Petersburg.
Hundreds of people came here to the Moika River Embankment, where Pushkin lived and died. After a meeting commemorating the poet, a minute of silence was observed in his memory. However, it is difficult to keep silent about such genius as Pushkin.
Sergey Nekrasov, director of the National Pushkin Museum, says: ‘Pushkin is a striking phenomenon in the Russian literature and a striking phenomenon as a Russian citizen, he seems to combine the incongruous, that is why he is loved by religious people and atheists, by monarchists and social reformers alike.’
An exhibition dedicated to Alexander Smirdin, the publisher of Pushkin, was opened in the Pushkin Memorial Museum Apartment.
According to Tamara Mishina, leading specialist of the National Pushkin Museum, the royalties he paid were fantastic. ‘Pushkin was paid 600 rubles a month for the right to publish his works. Krylov was paid 40 thousand rubles for a circulation of 40 thousand copies. For the 19th century, these were enormous sums.’
An action commemorating the poet was also held at the place of the duel near the Chernaya Rechka river. Instead of speeches, people were reading Pushkin’s poems and prose, and singing songs to his verses.
Photo and video: St. Petersburg TV channel