Yuri Ivanchuk was born on June 1, 1931 in the village of Kuzovatovo, Ulyanovsk Region. In 1963 he graduated from the MGB Military-Political School, the History Department of Tomsk University, and the Higher Propaganda Courses at the V.I. Lenin Academy. He worked as the second director at such film studios as “Moldova-film”, “Mosfilm” and Odessa film studio. He died on May 18, 2000.