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Anatoly Novikov's grave at <a href="/content/Novodevichy_Cemetery" style="color:blue">Novodevichy Cemetery</a>, Moscow
Anatoly Novikov's grave at Novodevichy Cemetery, Moscow

Anatoli Grigoriévitch Novikov (Russian: Анато́лий Григо́рьевич Но́виков; 30 October [O.S. 18 October] 1896 – 24 September 1984) was a Soviet composer, a choral conductor and a political activist.

Background


Novikov was awarded two Stalin Prizes, in 1946 and 1948. In 1970 he was bestowed the title of People's Artist of the USSR, and in 1976 was awarded the title of Hero of Socialist Labour. He composed such widely popular songs as "Vasya-vasilyok" (1941), "Smuglyanka" (1943), "Rossiya" (1946), "Dorogi"/"Roads" (1946), "The Hymn of Democratic Youth of the World" (1947).[1][2]

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