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Mikhas Klimkovich

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Mikhas Klimkovich
Native name
Міхась Клімковіч
Михаил Климкович
BornМіхаіл Мікалаевіч Клімковіч
(1899-11-20)November 20, 1899
Salitranka [be], Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire
DiedNovember 5, 1954(1954-11-05) (aged 54)
OccupationWriter, poet, librettist
Notable worksAnthem of the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
My Belarusy (co-author)

Michaś Mikałajevič Klimkovič (Belarusian: Міхась Мікалаевіч Клімковіч; Russian: Михаил Николаевич Климкович, romanizedMikhail Nikolayevich Klimkovich; 20 November 1899 – 5 November 1954) was a Belarusian poet, librettist, and author. He wrote the lyrics to the Anthem of the Byelorussian SSR, and co-wrote the lyrics to the Anthem of the Republic of Belarus.[1]


Klimkovich was born into the family of a stoker in the village of Salitranka on November 20, 1899. Finishing a four-year pedagogical institute, he was involved in teaching, subsequently joined the revolutionary communist forces during the collapse of the Russian Empire, fighting in the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. He became a member of the Russian Communist Party (b) in 1920. Between 1932 and 1937 he was a member of the organizinatinal committee in charge of the education activities of the Belarusian Writers' Union before being elected as the Belarusian Writers' Union's first-ever chairman in 1934.[2]

Aside from a number of important poems, Klimkovich authored the dramatic trilogy Georgy Skaryna and wrote librettos for several operas and a ballet.


  1. ^ "Почему создание и утверждение Государственного гимна БССР растянулось на 11 лет". TUT.BY (in Russian). 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2020-12-06.
  2. ^ "Mikhas Klimkovich // Belarusian Writers (1917—1990): Handbook; Composition. AK Gorditsky. Nav. ed. A. L. Sparrow. - Мн .: Мастацкая літаратура, 1994. - 653 с .: іл".