Mikhail Samarsky

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Mikhail Samarsky
Михаил Самарский
Samarskii Mixail Aleksandrovich.jpg
Samarsky in 2013
Born Mikhail Aleksandrovich Samarsky
(1996-08-15) August 15, 1996 (age 21)
Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Nationality Russian
Occupation Writer, blogger, public figure
Parent(s) Anna and Aleksandr Samarsky
Website mishasamarsky.ru

Mikhail Aleksandrovich Samarsky (Russian: Михаил Александрович Самарский, born August 15, 1996 in Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Oblast) is Russian writer, blogger and public figure.


Samarsky was born on August 15, 1996 in Rostov-on-Don and has lived in Moscow since 1997.[1] He studied at Moscow's School No. 1084 from 2003 to 2007 and at School No. 1239 from 2007 to 2012. In 2012–2013 he studied at the School of External Studies No. 1, which is affiliated with Moscow State University (named after Lomonosov).[1][2]

In 2013 he was admitted to the Department of Political Science of Moscow State University (named after M. V. Lomonosov).[1]


  • Father: Alexander Vasilyevich Samarsky (born 1959), a playwright, script writer and poet.[1][3]
  • Mother: Anna Mikhailovna Samarskaya (maiden name Amelina) (born 1971), author of detective novels published under the pseudonym Anna Arkan.[1][3]

Literary activity[edit]

Meeting with readers at the Odintzovo bookstore, Moscow.

Samarsky, at the age of twelve, wrote his first novella, "On a Teetering Board Between the Hills,” which, upon its publication the following year, received coverage by the mass media.[4][5] In the opinion of critic Yekaterina Bosina, writing in "Ogonyok" magazine, there are no "substantial revelations" for adult readers, but "from the language perspective the book isn't "child's bladder" at all, the absence of which "gives Misha Samarsky an edge over the majority of his peers."[6] Samarsky, thus encouraged, continued his literary activity. He published a novel, "A Rainbow for a Friend,” which became the first in a four-book series. (Moreover, the "Eksmo" publishing house has published the books under the theme, "The Adventures of an Extraordinary Dog.") An article published in the magazine Neva in the summer of 2013 referred to Samarsky as "a young prose writer well known by the greater [Russian] public.[7]

Public activity and charitable work[edit]

Mikhail Samarsky and D. A. Medved'yev during a meeting with Russian bloggers.

Samarsky began his engagement in charitable activities in 2010, when he founded an informal program, "Living Hearts,” through which, with the help of friends and acquaintances, he was able to assist blind children. He published audio books, Braille-font books, etc., and purchased equipment for blind and visually impaired children. Russian entrepreneurs, politicians and actors provided assistance in the operation of the program. Businessman Andrei Ryabinsky proposed that it be registered as an official charity fund for the blind under the "Living Hearts" name.[8] Thus, on October 12, 2012 the charity fund "Living Hearts" was founded on the basis of the program. Anna Mikhailovna Samarskaya, Mikhail's mother, is a co-founder and the chairperson of the fund.[8]

On November 9, 2011 during the meeting with Russia's President D. A. Medved'yev and Russian bloggers, Samarsky raised the issue of Internet accessibility for visually impaired people. He stated that the Braille displays for computers are out of reach for the majority of visually impaired people because they're expensive and the displays, which are provided to children for use in their studies, must be returned after graduation.[9][10] The issue received further development, and President Medved'yev recommended an amendment to the legislation to allow a child to keep the technical equipment after graduation.[11]


Editions in Russian language
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2012). On a Teetering Board Between the Hills (На качелях между холмами) (8000 ed.). Moscow.: Eksmo. p. 224. ISBN 978-5-699-59476-4. 
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2012). A Rainbow for a Friend (Радуга для друга) (6000 ed.). Moscow.: Eksmo. p. 256. ISBN 978-5-699-55056-2. 
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2012). The Formula for Kindness (Формула добра) (8000 ed.). Moscow.: Eksmo. p. 224. ISBN 978-5-699-57003-4. 
  • Mikhail Samarsky. Fukushima of the History of Canine Friendship (Фукусима, или История собачьей дружбы) (6000 ed.). Moscow.: Eksmo. p. 224. ISBN 978-5-699-64032-4. 
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2011). Twelve Touches to the Horizon (Двенадцать прикосновений к горизонту) (1000 ed.). Saint Petersburg: Norint. p. 286. ISBN 978-5-771-10057-9. 
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2013). "The Day of Hope" collected works (Сборник "День надежды") (5000 ed.). Moscow.: Eksmo. p. 320. 
Editions in other languages
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2013). A Rainbow for a Friend [Радуга для друга]. L&L Publishing. p. 200. ISBN 978-0615840178.  (English)
  • Mikhail Samarsky (2013). Chó dẫn đường phiêu lưu ký – tập 1 [Радуга для друга]. First News & NXB Tổng Hợp TPHCM. p. 248.  (Vietnamese)

Picturizations and plays[edit]

On October 13, 2012 the premier of the play "I'm a Dog" took place in the "Samarskaya Ploschad'” theater (under director E. B. Drobyshev) based on the novel "A Rainbow for a Friend".[12] Six months later, Mrs. Natalia Nosova, the theater director, acknowledged the project as successful.[13] The "Samarskaya Ploschad'" theater for the play "I'm a Dog" was thus awarded a special prize "For a Socially Important Project" and the Governor's Award, "Theatrical Muse of Samarsk-2012".[14]

In 2012 a documentary film on the lives of blind people, bearing the title "Living Hearts,” was shot with the participation of Mikhail Samarsky.[15]


Mikhail Samarsky has been awarded the following awards for the play "A Rainbow for a Friend":[16]

  • Diploma of the Laureate of Lomonosov, "Talents and Abilities" category, 2009;
  • Golden Diploma named after Iosif Alexandrovich Brodsky;
  • The grand prize in the multigenre literary contest "Slon,” 2009.


  1. ^ a b c d e "About myself" (in Russian). Mikhail Samarsky's official website. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ Irina Khavronich (February 19, 2013). "Ordinary Extra-ordinance" (in Russian). Gorodskiye Vedomosti. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Vera Kopylova (July 14, 2012). "A Teenager in Russian Literature" (in Russian). "Moskovsky Komsomoletz" newspaper. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Book casino" (in Russian). “Ekho Moskvy" radio station. November 29, 2009. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ Nicolay Alexandrov. (January 6, 2010). "Little Books" (in Russian). “Ekho Moskvy" radio station. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Yekaterina Bosina. (April 2010). "Book agent" (in Russian). "Oktyabr" magazine No. 4. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Yulia Scherbinina. (June 2013). "Literary Mozarts and Robertinos" (in Russian). “Neva" magazine No. 6. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "About the Fund" (in Russian). Charity Fund "Living Hearts". Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Dmitry Kochetkov. (November 9, 2011). "Dmitry Medved'yev discussed, with Russian bloggers, the issues most urgent to millions of people" (in Russian). 1tv.ru. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dmitry Medved'yev met with his supporters: representatives of network communities" (in Russian). www.kremlin.ru. November 9, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "The discussion of social rehabilitation problems and the creation of an obstacle-free environment for the handicapped" (in Russian). www.kremlin.ru. November 16, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  12. ^ Irina Medvedeva (October 1, 2012). "Liste!..." (in Russian). “Samarskaya Gazeta" newspaper. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ Margarita Praskovyina (October 1, 2012). "With "Planeta" all over the planet" (in Russian). “Samarskaya Gazeta" newspaper. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The ceremony of the award "Theatrical Muse of Samarsk" has taken place in the capital of the governorate" (in Russian). ВолгаНьюс.рф. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ ""Living Hearts". A documentary." (in Russian). TVZ. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Creativity" (in Russian). Mikhail Samarsky's official website. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 

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