Alexander Pushkin

"Pushkin created the Russian literary language, was the founder of modern Russian literature and made humanity the richer for his immortal works. Pushkin’s name is inseparably bound up not only with literature, but also with the whole Russian culture, the culture which the great Russian people built up in a struggle with a harsh nature and with no less harsh forms of social relationships which shaped its history. … Although Pushkin’s epoch is long past, his work lives on, as, indeed, Pushkin himself lives on, in the sense that a man can be said to live on forever – in the memory of later generations… "

-Prof. I. Luppol