ALEXANDER SERGEEVICH PUSHKIN (1799-1837) is Russia's greatest poet - a tragic genius who is revered by Russians as their Shakespeare and Mozart rolled into one. Born in Moscow, literary prodigy Pushkin was expelled from St. Petersburg at the age of twenty as a result of his satirical writings. He remained in internal exile, under the supervision of the Emperor, for the next seven years. Throughout his life he continued to excite official disapproval for his political and religious beliefs - and many love affairs. With his wild passions for gambling and women, Pushkin's brief life was as turbulent and dramatic as anything in his work. In 1828 he married society beauty, Natalya Goncharova, who then captivated the heart of a French cavalry officer. Enraged by this, Pushkin engaged in a duel with him, and died at the age of 37, defending his honour.