In case you didn't year, Sergei V. Mikhalkov, the "father" of the Soviet (and now Russian) national anthem, has died. He was 96. Since life expectancies are now calculated in dog years for most Russian males, this alone was a heroic feat worthy of a Shock Trooper of Socialist Labor.
True fact: Sergei Mikhalkov was the fater of Burnt by the Sun director Nikita Mikhalkov. Nikita has turned into something of a strange bird these days, but the artistic symmetry is compelling.