Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko dies at 84

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died of heart failure in the United States at the age of 84.

Yevtushenko was the last surviving major poet of those who came to prominence in the USSR of the 1960s.

He is best-known for his epic work, Babi Yar.

It commemorates one of the worst Nazi atrocities of the Second World War, in which tens of thousands of Jews and other prisoners were killed in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.


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