Do the Russians Want War? (1956)
Mark Bernes. Music: E. Kolmanovskii. Lyrics: Evgenii Evtushenko
Description: This song, written by the then young poet Evtushenko, entered Bernes’ repertoire in his last performing years. It expressed a sentiment common to Russians of all casts of life and political persuasions, unshaken throughout the years of nuclear confrontation.
May There Always Be Sunshine (1963)
Music: Arkadii Ostrovskii. Lyrics: Lev Oshanin
Description: Inspired by a poster featuring the words of Soviet schoolboy Kostya Barannikov, first written in 1928, this song became an anthem of Soviet anti-nuclear propaganda, and was known across the world.