Boris Kornilov

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Monument to Boris Kornilov

Boris Petrovich Kornilov (Russian: Бори́с Петро́вич Корни́лов) (29 July 1907, in Pokrovskoye, Semyonovsky Uyezd, Nizhny Novgorod Governorate – 20 February 1938) was a Soviet, Russian poet. He is probably best known for penning the words to The Song of the Meeting (Песня о встречном) which was used to open the morning radio broadcast throughout the Soviet Union, even for years after its author perished during the Great Purge.[1][2]

Kornilov was arrested on 19 March 1937, sentenced to death on 20 February 1938 and shot in Leningrad the same day. Kornilov has been posthumously rehabilitated, and there is a museum and a statue dedicated to him in the town of Semyonov, near his birthplace. He was married to Olga Bergholz.[3][4]


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  2. ^ Matthew Tobin Anderson (2015). Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad. Candlewick Press. ISBN 978-0-763-68054-1.
  3. ^ Katharine Hodgson (2003). Voicing the Soviet Experience: The Poetry of Ol'ga Berggol'ts. OUP/British Academy. pp. 11–13. ISBN 978-0-197-26289-4.
  4. ^ Christine D. Tomei (1999). Russian Women Writers. Vol. 1. Taylor & Francis. p. 958. ISBN 978-0-815-31797-5.