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Iconic Soviet TV host Igor Kirillov dies aged 89

Headlines 16:02 30 Oct, 2021

Legendary Soviet TV presenter Igor Kirillov, whose distinguished career began with announcing the launch of the Sputnik satellite to Soviet audiences, has passed away aged 89

Iconic Soviet TV host Igor Kirillov dies aged 89

Legendary Soviet TV presenter Igor Kirillov, whose distinguished career began with announcing the launch of the Sputnik satellite to Soviet audiences, has passed away aged 89, Qazet.az reports citing RT.
Kirillov’s calm, distinct voice was synonymous with the final decades of the Soviet Union. A theater actor by education, he joined the fast-developing Soviet state television center in 1957, initially as an assistant editor.

The TV center had a shortage of in-house male voice talent and ran a recruitment competition, which won Kirillov a presenter’s spot. A week later he was announcing to the camera one of the biggest events of the generation: the launch of the first artificial satellite by the Soviet space program. In 1961, it was Kirillov who announced Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight.

For over two decades, Kirillov was the presenter of the main Soviet news program, ‘Vremya’ (Time), which gave him a global profile. A testament to his prominence at the time is the 1985 anti-war anthem ‘Russians’ by Sting, which features a sample from the program, in which Kirillov reported on a meeting between British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and future Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.