Vassiliy Lebedev-Kumach was born
in 1898 to a family of shoemakers in Moscow.
writing poems at the age of 13 with his first poem being published in
1916. Between the years of 1919 and 1921, Kumach worked for a military
newspaper called "Agit-Rosta". He wrote short satirical and often
funny stories, song lyrics and slogans about the current issues of the
nation at the time. At the same time, he was studying in a Moscow
State University, majoring in history and philosophy. In 1922, he
wrote for "Labor-Newspaper", for a farmers newspaper, as well as for
The Red Army Journal. He was one fo the founders for the
satirical magazine Krokodil, where he worked for over twelve
years. In the 1930s, Kumach wrote many song lyrics which were
often used in famous Russian movies. He was awarded one of the
highest award at the time for his contribution to Russian literature
and popular culture.