Famous Russian and Soviet poet Yevgeniy Yevtushenko passed away in the U.S. His friend Mikhail Morgulis reported that on Saturday evening.
Sergei Vinnikov, the general producer of the festival, which should have taken place in Moscow so as to mark the poet’s jubilee, said that Yevtushenko asked to bury him next to another prominent writer, Boris Pasternak; his grave is in Peredelkino, the well-known settlement of Russian writers.
The last time Vinnikov spoke to Yevtushenko on the phone was on March 29.
On March 31, the poet was taken to a hospital in a critical condition.
Previously, in 2015, Yevtushenko had a cardiac pacemaker implanted. Earlier, in 2013, he had his right leg amputated in a clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 1963, Yevgeniy Yevtushenko was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. He wrote poems, prose and scripts for cinemas; he was also known as theatre actor and director. His heritage includes over 150 books, many of which were translated into other languages.