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Biography

Pyotr Konstantinovich Leshchenko (Russian: Пётр Константинович Лещенко; 14 June 1898 - 16 July 1954), a Russian singer, universally considered "the King of Russian Tango" and specifically known for his rendition of Serdtse—the most famous tango song not in the Spanish language—was born a citizen of the Russian Empire in Isaeva (now part of Ukraine) into a poor and illiterate peasant family. During the First World War, his mother and stepfather moved to Kishinev (now part of Moldavia) which was later annexed by Romania. As a result Leshchenko has been claimed as a national by Russia, Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. He sang almost exclusively in the Russian language.

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