Yeghishe Charents (born Yeghishe Abgari Soghomonian), (March 13, 1897, Kars - November 27, 1937, Yerevan) was an outstanding Armenian poet and public activist executed in Stalin's purges. From 1904 to 1912 Yeghishe Soghomonian was at school in Kars, Russian Empire. Amid the upheavals of the First World War and the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire, he volunteered in 1915 for the Caucasian Front. In 1917 to 1918 he was in Erzurum during the bitter fighting. Some of his experiences would later appear in his poetry. In 1918-1919 he participated in the Red Army. He translated "The Internationale" into Armenian. He had two daughters Arpenik and Anahit. Charents was rehabilitated in 1954 after Stalin's death. His home at No. 17, Mashtots Avenue in Yerevan was turned into a museum in 1975. Armenian city Charentsavan is named after him.