Vladimir Mayakovsky, avant-garde poet, painter and revolutionary, committed suicide 80 years ago. No one knows exactly why, on April 14, 1930, he chose to shoot himself in his small room at the top of an apartment block in Lubyanka.
Although he left an unfinished poem describing how "love's boat smashed against daily life", conspiracy theories involving Russian roulette and NKVD agents proliferated. You can still visit the room where he lived and died as part of the Mayakovsky House, one of the most extraordinary museums in Moscow. Here and in other places around the city, you can celebrate the colourful life of a writer whose journey from teenage activism to disillusionment and despair seems like a parable of early 20th century Russia.