“By degrees we find we’re all departing” (“Мы теперь уходим понемногу”), Sergei Yesenin

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Yesenin on the beach in Venice in 1922, during a holiday with Isadora Duncan Yesenin on the beach in Venice in 1922, during a holiday with Isadora Duncan

Today is the ninetieth anniversary of Yesenin’s death. His body was discovered in a room at the Hotel Angleterre in Leningrad.

A friend is determined that Yesenin was murdered – the official version is that he killed himself. Here (in Russian) is an article she shared with me, based on an interview with the poet, Nikolai Nikolayevich Braun, who says his father, Nikolai Leopoldovich Braun (another poet), was among those asked to sign a paper recording Yesenin’s death as suicide. He refused to do so. It is suggested that Yesenin’s injuries pointed to his having been roughed up during an interview with the Cheka that went wrong. His bacchanalian lifestyle had drawn increasing attention to him, and it is further suggested that Yesenin shared a mistress with Trotsky, and that he was reburied in a corner…

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