Покойся с миром, Mikhail Bulgakov. Born in Kiev, a soldier during the Great War and a doctor-for-conscription in the events during and following the Bolshevik rise to power, Bulgakov walked the line between biting satire and fiction-permitted-under-Soviet-rule, which meant that much of his writing was published samizdat during (and well after) his lifetime. He died on this date in 1940 at the age of 48. If you’ve never read Bulgakov, might as well start now!
Stamp details: Stamp on top: Issued on: June 3, 2016 From: Moscow, Russia MC #BL230
Stamp on bottom: Issued on: May 13, 2016 From: Kiev, Ukraine MC #1543