As well literature, Tolstoy promoted education for peasant children, and was a philosopher, go down of the Tolstoyan movement one of its followers was Mahatma Gandhi and espoused the idea of non-violent resisters to evil.
That was Alexander Blok, the original and main Russian poet of his time.
He composed so many odes on so wide range of issues that even now you can say — ah, Pushkin wrote far it! After the success of this scene he composed several other one-man shows where he acted as nicely, then recorded songs with popular bands and acted in certain movies.
Thanks to Vasilyev and a generation of writers whose art was born from action, the war was seen in a new light: not just as an achievement of the Soviet people, not just an affair of global scale and significance, but also as a personal drama for each yourself.