200th anniversary of Lermontov

200 years ago, 15 October 1814, the most famous romantic Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov, was born. His mother died of illness when he was only a toddler, and he was brought up by his grandmother, a high-level Russian aristocrat. His father Yuri Lermontov was a descendant of Scottish officer George Learmonth (thus the surname). Lermontov’s…