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Murzilka first issue.jpg
First Issue of Murzilka
Editor-in-ChiefTatyana Androsenko
Former editorsAnatoly Mityaev
First issue16 May 1924
CountrySoviet Union
Based inMoscow

Murzilka (Russian: Мурзилка) is a popular Soviet/Russian illustrated magazine for 6–12 years olds. It has been published since May 1924.[1]

History and profile[edit]

At the end of the 19th century a Canadian illustrator and writer Palmer Cox created a cycle of poems about little people brownie. Later a Russian author Anna Hvolson started writing stories based on his drawings about little forest men. She called the main character who wore a white tie, had a walking stick and a monocle "Murzilka".

The first issue of the magazine came out on 16 May 1924 in the Soviet Union.[2] It is published on a monthly basis.[2] Here Murzilka was a small white dog and appeared with his owner-boy Petya. From 1927 to 1928 in the magazine issued Murzilka Newspaper.

In 1937 an illustrator Aminadav Kanevsky created the image of Murzilka – yellow furry character in a red beret with a scarf and camera over his shoulder.

Murzilka started creative way of such writers as Samuil Marshak, Sergey Mikhalkov, Elena Blaginina, Boris Zahoder, Agniya Barto, Nikolay Nosov, Marina Uspenskaya, artist and writer Georgy Kovenchuk.

In 2011 the magazine was listed by the Guinness World Records as the longest running children's magazine in the world.[2][3]


  1. ^ Lesley D. Clement, Leyli Jamali, Global Perspectives on Death in Children’s Literature Routledge, 2015, ISBN 9781317599487, 282 p.
  2. ^ a b c "Russian children's magazine – the world's oldest". RT News. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Longest-running children's magazine". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 13 June 2015.

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