Stanislav Govorukhin, Soviet and Russian film director
Kobzon is a vast subject. Let’s, therefore, focus on a detail, a personal characteristic, something that sets the great artist apart. It would for instance be interesting to count his airborne hours. I bet he has done more than a first-class pilot. He lives in aeroplanes. Which means that he lives in Russia. Not in the Russian capitals of Moscow or St Petersburg but in Russia proper: in Lensk today, in Krasnoyarsk tomorrow, in his native Kramatorsk the day after that, which is where a hundred and fifty million Russian citizens actually live. He knows their troubles and their cares, their agonies have shot through the arteries of his heart. He knows how to give them comfort, he brings them joy and galvanises them into life. This is the secret of why the Russian people so ardently love him.