His real name is Vladimir Nikiforovich Dubinin (in Russian: Владимир Никифорович Дубинин). Following a local tradition, he was called "Volodia" (in Russian: Володя), a nickname he is known for worldwide. He was born to Nikifor Semionovich Dubinin and Evdoquia Timofeievna Dubinina.
He was one of the group of Soviet partisans who went to live underground in an abandoned quarry near Kerch to resist German invasion during World War II, in the first period of what has come to be known as the Defense of the Adzhimushkay quarry. Since he used to play there as a little boy, his knowledge of the area, tunnels and exits was vast, and proved to be very useful for the resistance.
When Germans had withdrawn, Volodia shared in cleaning and rebuilding the city. That is what he was doing when he trod on a land mine left by the Germans and lost his life on January 4, 1942.
After his death, he was granted Order of the Red Banner.
The school he attended was renamed after him, and so was the street where he lived in Kerch. On it the Pioneers Square is located, where a monument to Volodia rises. It depicts him as coming out of the rock. These are the words written on it in Russian: "Hero Pioneer and Komsomol from Kerch. For heroism and courage displayed fighting against fascists invaders, Vladimir Dubinin was posthumously granted the Order of the Red Banner". The monument was unveiled on July 12, 1964.
- "Улица младшего сына" (The Youngest Son Street, 1949) by Lev Kassil and Max Polianovsky, Stalin Prize 1951.
- According to the Ukrainian touristic-historic website http://www.onixtour.com.ua/prj/09051945/000060.htm. Russian only.
- Monument to Volodia Dubinin, only in Russian. On http://www.molodguard.ru/monument220.jpg an image of the said monument can be seen
- http://mapa.hohland.com/map-5-77.html, Russian only.
- http://www.areacode.ru/678604/volodi_dybinina_yl.html, Russian only.
- http://slovari.yandex.ru/dict/petertoponim/article/peter1/pet-1859.htm, Russian only.
- According to a film dedicated Russian website http://www.film.ru/afisha/movie.asp?code=ULMLADSH. Russian only.
- Monument to Volodia Dubinin, only in Russian.