Mikhas Klimkovich

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Mikhas (Mikhail) Klimkovich (Russian: Михаил Климкович; Belarusian: Міхась Клімковіч) (20 November 1899 – 5 November 1954) was a Belarusian poet, librettist, and author of the lyrics to the Anthem of the Byelorussian SSR.


Klimkovich was born into the family of a stoker in the village of Salitranka on November 20, 1899. Finishing a four-year pedagogical institute, he was involved in teaching, subsequently joined the revolutionary communist forces during the collapse of the Russian Empire, fighting in the Red Army during the Russian Civil War. Between 1932 and 1937 he was a member of the organizinatinal committee in charge of the education activities of the Belarusian Writers' Union before being elected as the Belarusian Writers' Union's first-ever chairman in 1934.

Aside from a number of important poems, Klimkovich authored the dramatic trilogy Georgy Skaryna and wrote librettos for several operas and a ballet.