He was born in Moscow, on 9 May 1924 and died in Clamart on 12 June 1997. He was an eminent Russian poet and songwriter. He composed a great number of his songs and achieved a big success in the ex-Soviet Union. His poetry style is chamber and lyrical. His poetry book Be Well, Schoolboy (1961) considers the theme of participation of young people in the Fatherland War against Facsism and it has been translated into many languages. He wrote prose and drama works as well as screenplays.