Yuliy Kim

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Yuliy Chersanovich Kim
Юлий Черсанович Ким
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Kim in 2006
Born (1936-12-23) December 23, 1936 (age 83)
Moscow, Soviet Union
CitizenshipFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union (1936–1991) → Flag of Russia.svg  Russia (1991–present), Flag of Israel.svg  Israel (1998–present)
Alma mater Moscow State Pedagogical University
Occupationpoet, singer-songwriter
Known forhis songs and human rights activism
Movement dissident movement in the Soviet Union
Parent(s)Kim Chersan and Nina Valentinovna Vsesvyatskaya
Awards Medal Defender of a Free Russia

Yuliy Chersanovich Kim (Russian : Ю́лий Черса́нович Ким, Korean : 율리 킴; born 23 December 1936, Moscow) is one of Russia's foremost bards, composer, poet, songwriter for theater and films. His songs, encompassing everything from mild humor to biting political satire, appear in at least fifty Soviet movies, including Bumbarash , The Twelve Chairs , and An Ordinary Miracle , as well as the songs "The Brave Captain," "The Black Sea," "The Whale-Fish," "Cursed Lips," "Captain Bering," and "Baron Germont Went to War." Since 1998, he has been living in Israel and has made periodic tours through Russia, Europe, and the United States. [1]



Kim was born in 1936 in Moscow to Kim Chersan (1904–1938), a journalist of Korean descent, and Nina Valentinovna Vsesvyatskaya (1907-1974), a teacher of Russian language and literature who came from a Russian family of doctors. [1] [2] [3] Her grandfather Vasiliy Vsesvyatskiy was a protoiereus of the Russian Orthodox Church in the Ugodsko-Zavodsky Uezd of the Kaluga Governorate who baptized Georgy Zhukov. [3] [4]

Parents of Kim were victims of the Great Purge of 1937 and 1938, in which his father was executed and his mother was sentenced as a "family member of a traitor of the Motherland" to five years in a labor camp and three years of exile, so that Kim didn't see her until age 9. [2] [5] She was rehabilitated during the Khrushchev Thaw period in 1958, but before that, she was under the "101st kilometer" law and could not live in Moscow, so Kim's family settled in Maloyaroslavets, Kaluga Oblast. In 1951, the family moved to Turkmenistan. Kim returned to Moscow in 1954 to enter the Moscow State Pedagogical Institute.

In 1959, Kim graduated from the Department of History and Philology of Moscow State Pedagogical University. During his student years, he began writing poems and setting some of them to music. Upon graduation, he was sent to teach in the village of Il'pyrsky, Kamchatka, near Anapka, where he taught for three years. He taught history, literature, geography, and other subjects, and also directed a number of musical plays with the schoolchildren. Since then, the sea has become one of the main themes of his songs.

In 1969, he signed An Appeal to The UN Committee for Human Rights. [6]

After returning to Moscow, Kim worked as a school teacher, and at the same time participated in the Soviet dissident movement, which cost him his job in 1968. Subsequently, Kim earned a living by writing songs for plays and movies as well as publishing plays under the pseudonym Yu. Mikhailov, which he used until 1986. At the same time, while he was barred from giving concerts, he continued his singing underground.

With the advent of glasnost, Kim was finally able to perform legally. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, he has been acclaimed throughout the Russian-speaking world and has performed in numerous locations in Russia, Europe, and the United States. He has received numerous awards, such as the Bulat Okudzhava Prize of the Russian Federation.

Today, Yuliy Kim's discography includes over 20 titles on CD, audio and video tape, and DVD. His songs have been included in almost all anthologies of author’s song as well as many anthologies of modern Russian poetry.

His first wife was Irina Yakir — granddaughter of Red Army commander Iona Yakir. They married in 1966, and in 1998 they immigrated to Israel. After Irina's death in 1999, Kim married Lidia Lugovaya, Irina's close friend since school days. [1] [7] He currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Moscow.

Selected filmography

YearFilmOriginal nameContribution
1963Newton Street, House 1Улица Ньютона, дом 1Lyrics, vocal, actor (uncredited)
1969 By the Lake У озераLyrics
1971 Bumbarash БумбарашLyrics
1976 The Twelve Chairs 12 стульевLyrics
1977 About Red Riding Hood Про Красную ШапочкуLyrics
1978Cabbages and KingsКороли и капустаLyrics, vocal
Five EveningsПять вечеровLyrics
An Ordinary Miracle Обыкновенное чудоLyrics
1979 Very Blue Beard Очень синяя бородаLyrics
1982 The Story of Voyages Сказка странствийLyrics
Along Unknown PathsТам, на неведомых дорожках...Lyrics
1984Pippi LongstockingПеппи ДлинныйчулокLyrics, vocal
Formula of Love Формула любвиLyrics
Make the Clown LaughРассмешите клоунаLyrics, vocal
1985 After the Rain, on Thursday После дождичка в четвергScreenplay, lyrics, actor (uncredited)
1987 A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines Человек с бульвара КапуциновLyrics
1988One, Two — Grief Is No Tragedy!Раз, два — горе не беда!Screenplay, lyrics, actor
Heart of a Dog Собачье сердцеLyrics
1991ShadowТень, или Может быть, всё обойдётсяLyrics
2002The Unwilling DoctorЛекарь поневолеMusic, lyrics and vocal
2010The Ugly DucklingГадкий утёнокLyrics

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  1. 1 2 3 He Couldn't Stand Judophobia Since Childhood // Booknik, 23 December 2012 (interview, in Russian)
  2. 1 2 Vsesvyatskaya Nina Valentininovna biography at the Sakharov Center website (in Russian)
  3. 1 2 Yuliy Kim: Following the Life Pass interview in the Lekhaim magazine, June 2005 (in Russian)
  4. Yuliy Kim: Every time I went to protect our children interview at Pravoslavie and World, 26 February 2014 (in Russian)
  5. Yuliy Kim, a happy son of Gulag, Novaya Gazeta
  6. Yakobson, Anatoly; Yakir, Pyotr; Khodorovich, Tatyana; Podyapolskiy, Gregory; Maltsev, Yuri; et al. (21 August 1969). "An Appeal to The UN Committee for Human Rights". The New York Review of Books .
  7. While Everyone's at Home // Channel One Russia, 21 December 2008 (interview at Kim's apartment)