Brief Biography

            Vassiliy Lebedev-Kumach was born in 1898 to a family of shoemakers in Moscow.   He started 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. 

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