Lev Gumilev apartment-museum
The Lev Gumilev apartment-museum is located at Kolomenskaya Street, 1/15. The son of two famous Russian poets, Nikolai Gumilev and Anna Akhmatova, Lev went on to become famous in his own right. A brilliant scholar, he attributed the rise and fall of “ethnoses” on the Eurasian steppe to sunspots, and saw the Mongol invasion as no bad thing – unlike Jews, whom he termed a parasitic ethnos (which admirers excuse as an aberration of his final years, afflicted by Alzheimer’s). His Eurasian philosophy won many adherents in the perestroika era and is still esteemed by Kazakhstan’s president. The museum displays Gumilev’s flat as it was at his death in 1992, complete with a pack of the Belomor cigarettes (named after the White Sea Canal where he worked as a slave laborer) that he smoked incessantly.