The Russian poet, Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin was born on June 6, 1799 in Moscow. His first major work was the poem Ruslan and Ludmila. His political verses associated him with the Decembrist revolt, causing him to be banished. He worked on Boris Godunov and the novel in verse Eugene Onegin before Nicholas I allowed him to return to Moscow in 1826. Pushkin died at age 37 after being forced into a duel.
Everyone knows that Alexander Pushkin was a famous Russian poet who wrote the poem Onegin. What a lot of people don't know is that Alexander Pushkin was literally a Black Russian: a Russian of African descent. His great-grandfather was a Black African named Abram Gannibal. In a time when Africans were not considered fully human, Gannibal became a favorite of Peter the Great. Over the course of his life, he was a military officer, engineer, administrator and nobleman. His son and Alexander Pushkin's great-uncle, Ivan, was also a decorated military officer.