Boris Pasternak (writer) - Died, 30th May, 1960. Born, 10th February, 1890. Wrote poetry, Dr. Zhivago (which was smuggled out of the Soviet Union and published in Italy), translated Shakespeare into Russian and won a Nobel Prize for Literature (..which the Soviet Regime did NOT allow him to accept).
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin is considered by many to the the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. Pushkin's great-grandfather, was Abram Petrovich Gannibal (1696–1781), a Black African page raised by Peter the Great.