This is second custom dunny I made for Alex. It is depicting Russian author of romantic era Alexander Pushkin (1799-1837) who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.Â Pushkin became committed to social reform and emerged as a spokesman for literary radicals, this angered the government,Â Â he found himself under the strict control of government censors and unable to travel or publish at will.
He went to theÂ CaucasusÂ and to theÂ Crimea, then toÂ KamenkaÂ andÂ Moldova, where he became aÂ Freemason. Here he joined theÂ Filiki Eteria, a secret organization whose purpose was to overthrow the Ottoman rule over Greece and establish an independent Greek state. He was inspired by theÂ Greek RevolutionÂ and when the war against theÂ Ottoman TurksÂ broke out he kept a diary with the events of the great national uprising.
He was born in Russian noble family in MoscowÂ which traced its ancestry back to the 12th century but his great-grandfather, wasÂ Abram Petrovich Gannibal, Ethiopian servant raised by Peter the Great. This origin plus his hair and enormous sideburns inspired Alex to mash him with Afro Samurai, character from Japanese manga.
Notoriously touchy about his honour, Pushkin fought a total of twenty-nineÂ duels, and was fatally wounded in such an encounter at age of 37.