Aksakov Sergey Timofeyevitch – well known Russian writer of the 19th century.
He is the author of a famous tale «Red flower» («Аленький цветочек», the plot of the tale is almost the same you see in Walt Disney «Beauty and the Beast» ). When Sergey was a child he heard this story from one of the country people. So the tale is the excellent example of a folk art. Being an adult he write it by memory. It was published for the first time in 1858.
Here you can watch favorite Russian cartoon «Аленький цветочек» (1952, Союзмультфильм). You’ll see merchant family in Ancient Russia (before 17th and 18th centuries).