Mikhail Zhvanetsky

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Mikhail Zhvanetsky
Birth nameMikhail Manyevich Zhvanetsky
(Russian: Михаил Маньевич Жванецкий)
Born(1934-03-06)6 March 1934
Odesa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)
Died6 November 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 86)
Moscow, Russia

Mikhail Mikhaylovich Zhvanetsky (Russian: Михаи́л Миха́йлович Жване́цкий; 6 March 1934 – 6 November 2020[1]) was a Soviet writer, satirist and performer[2] of Jewish origin, best known for his shows targeting different aspects of the Soviet and post-Soviet everyday life.[3]

Zhvanetsky was born in Odesa, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. His monologues and sketches were performed by Arkady Raikin, Roman Kartsev and Viktor Ilchenko.[4] He joined the Union of Soviet Writers in 1978 and wrote several books.

Awards and honors[edit]

Zhvanetsky was granted the following honorary titles and decorated with the following orders:

Boulevard of the Arts in Odesa was renamed Boulevard Zhvanetsky (5 April 2009).

A minor planet, 5931 Zhvanetskij, discovered on April 1, 1976, is named after him (using different transliteration of the surname).[6]


  1. ^ "Умер Михаил Жванецкий". РБК (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-11-06.
  2. ^ "Михаил Жванецкий: Официальная биография (Mikhail Zhvanetsky: Official biography". Mikhail Zhvanetsky official website.
  3. ^ Prokofyev, Vyacheslav (2020). Renowned Russian Satirist Zhvanetsky Dies at Age 86. The humorist delighted crowds for decades. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)
  4. ^ Draitser, Emil (2008). Shush! Growing Up Jewish under Stalin: A Memoir. University of California Press. p. 118. ISBN 9780520942257.
  5. ^ Order of the President of Ukraine on the granting of the honorary title of "Meritorious Artist of Ukraine" (in Ukrainian).
  6. ^ (5931) Zhvanetskij. Minor Planet Center. International Astronomical Union.

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