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Mikhail Ancharov (1923-1990) was a writer, poet, and one of the first Soviet bards to pioneer the country’s singer-songwriting genre. After completing his studies in oriental languages at the Military Academy of the Red Army, he was sent to the Far Eastern front during World War II to serve as a Chinese translator. In the latter half of his life Ancharov became a prolific screenwriter, writing the screenplay for the first Soviet television serial “Day After Day.”