In the autumn of 1938 AA
left Nikolay Nikolayevich Punin
, possibly because of her growing fondness for Vladimir Georgievich Garshin
, a well-known Soviet physician. She went as far as consenting to take Garshin's...
Family and Intimate relationships
Although Nikolay Nikolayevich Punin
was never divorced from his wife, AA
lived with him for fifteen years, longer than with any other man. According to Amanda Haight
, their marriage was never officially registered.
Haight, Amanda. Anna Akhmatova : A Poetic Pilgrimage. Oxford University Press, 1976.
The late 1920s and middle 30s were marked by massive repressions and imprisonments undertaken by the Communist
regime now headed by Joseph Stalin
. Battered by the arrests of Osip Mandelstam
, a fellow writer...
During these years Anna needed to stay at her friends' places since she had resigned from the Agronomy Institute
library and could no longer benefit from an apartment through her work. She lived at Vladimir Shileiko
took the courageous step of writing to Stalin
(Much respected Josif Vissarionovich) with a dignified petition that he should free Punin
and her son Lev
Feinstein, Elaine. Anna of all the Russias: The Life of Anna Akhmatova. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2005.