"A Russian duel was a much more serious affair than the more conventional Parisian variety"

 Although very much a cachet of 19th century Russian life and its literature, duels continued to be fought until the early 20th century. Two parliamentary debates between politicians - one in 1907 and another in 1909 - led to duels, while the last known duel of poets was fought in 1909 between Nikolay Gumilyov and Maksmilian Voloshin, over a non-existent woman, also a poet.  

Duel scene from Eugene Onegin by Ilya Repin (300 * 226)