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Medvedev to mark Checkov’s birth anniversary in Taganrog

President Dmitry Medvedev will for the first time visit Taganrog on the Sea of Azov on Friday to mark the 150th birth anniversary of outstanding Russian playwright Anton Checkov in his home town.

Checkov, one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature, was born on January 29, 1860. He was also a physician and practised as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife", he once said, "and literature is my mistress."

Chekhov’s most famous works are The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard.

Two days ago in Taganrog they unveiled a monument to Checkov’s Man in the Shell and on Friday will lay wreaths to the monument to the famous playwright.

Taganrog has been protecting all memorial sites related to the years of Checkov's childhood, adolescence and youth. First of all, it is the oldest Gymnasium where the Russian writer spent 11 school years and which is now a literature museum carrying his name.

Chekhov has done a lot for his home city. The writer kept sending books from his personal library, many of which autographed by their authors, and buying dictionaries, encyclopedias, scientific literature according to a wish list that he had established.

Checkov studied medicine in the Medical School of the Moscow University and celebrations of his birth anniversary will go in the Russian capital as well. The great writer who died on July 15 1904 of tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany, was buried Novodevichy Monastery cemetery in Moscow.

“Although Checkov was born in Taganrog, he is a Muscovite,” Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov said.

A major delegation of culture workers will lay wreaths to Checkov’s tomb on Friday.

In Taganrog celebrations will continue through the year. In May the 4th Checkov Book Festival will open, as well as the Checkov Southern Russia Cultural Center. In June the town will host an international conference devoted to the works of the playwright, and October will see the traditional theater festival called In Checkov’s Native Place.


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