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NIKOLAI GUMILYOV (1886-1921) was a leading poet of the Silver Age of Russian literature (the first two decades of the 20th century). A founder of the Acmeist movement, he was Anna Akhmatova’s first husband and the father of historian Lev Gumilyov. He traveled extensively around theworld, including on an expedition in Africa. In 1921 he was shot by the Bolsheviks on trumped up conspiracy charges.