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Boris Poplavsky (1903-1935) was an émigré Russian poet. Both of his parents gave up music to support the family by going into business. The family fled Russia in 1919 for Ukraine (where Poplavsky read his first poetry) then moved on to Constantinople and Paris, where Poplavsky was very active in émigré culture while also continuing his education. He died of a drug poisoning along with an acquaintance, S. Yarkho, which has been variously called suicide and murder at the hands of the suicidal Yarkho, who wanted someone to accompany him to the other side.