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IOSIF UTKIN (1903-1944) was a poet and journalist. Born in a remote Siberian outpost, he embraced the Bolshevik revolution early on and worked for many years as a journalist in Irkutsk and then Moscow, while also writing poetry. He fought at the front near Bryansk in World War II and early on was severely injured. However, he was soon back in the fight, as a journalist and poet-in-residence on the front lines. He died in an airplane crash before the end of the war.