Source: Wot-news, Yuri Pasholok’s blog Hello everyone, with a bit of delay, I am reporting this sad news that Mikhail Nikolaevich Svirin passed away on 24.5.2014 after long illness. For those, who don’t know the name – he was the foremost Soviet tank researcher, one of the first ones to start writing about the Soviet tanks in detail and he was as important for Soviet tank history publication as Hilary Doyle is for the German tank history – he did a tremendous amount of work in the field and in his last years, he created a military history club near Moscow, where he worked with “troubled” youth. According to Sergei “SerB” Burkatovsky, Svirin’s work was instrumental in creating the early World of Tanks Soviet tank line, M.Svirin also helped SerB with writing his historical science fiction book “Main Date”. Rest in Peace.

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