RUVN PUSTILNIKOV (1908-1992)
He was born in Bratslav, Ukraine. In his early youth he began working in a mill, later coming to work in the Donbas. At the time he participated in shows put on by amateur Jewish collectives. In 1939 he entered the Moscow Yiddish theatrical school, but his classes were interrupted by the start of the war. He returned from the front to Moscow an invalid, severely wounded. He worked in a Moscow factory and published in the newspaper Eynikeyt (Unity). When Sovetish heymland (Soviet homeland) began appearing in print, he published stories and sketches in it. Together with Chaim Beider, he composed a play in three acts, Der kval fun lebn (The source of life), which was produced by the Moscow Yiddish drama ensemble.
His writings include: Malakhover kombaynen (Malakhovka combines) (Moscow: Sovetski pisatel, 1988), 60 pp., a supplement to Sovetish heymland 12 (1988); stories in In eynem (Altogether) (Moscow, 1990).
Chaim Beider, Leksikon fun yidishe shrayber in ratn-farband (Biographical dictionary of Yiddish writers in the Soviet Union), ed. Boris Sandler and Gennady Estraikh (New York: Congress for Jewish Culture, Inc., 2011), pp. 279-80.