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Prominent Ukrainian poet Ivan Drach passed away

Ivan Drach was one of the Sixtiers,- а new generation of the Soviet Intelligentsia whose views were formed by years of Stalin's repressions and purges
14:35, 19 June 2018

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Ivan Drach, the famous Ukrainian poet, cinema script writer, the Hero Of Ukraine and the former MP of the Ukrainian Parliament, has passed away after a tough disease. The head of Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers Serhiy Trymbach wrote this on his Facebook page

'He died in the morning, which could mean he hasn't lived enough. He was 81. Yesterday evening, I spoke to his wife, Mariya. There was still hope - and yet, it happened,' Trymbach wrote on Facebook.

According to the poet's last will, he will be buried in his home village of Telizhyntsi, next to the grave of his son Maksym.

The Ukrainian MPs honored their colleague with a moment of silence.

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Ivan Fedeorovych Drach was the Ukrainian politician, poet, playwriter, and the literary critic of the Soviet era. Born in Ocotober 1936 in Telizhyntsi, Kyiv region, central Ukraine, Drach is known for his membership in the movement of Ukrainian dissidents who stood against the Soviet regime in the 1960s-1990s. Along with Vyacheslav Chornovil, Mykhailo Horyn' and other notorious Ukrainian dissidents, Drach created the NRU, Narodnyi Rukh Ukrainy (People's Movement of Ukraine, - 112 International). which became the first official anti-Soviet organization.

Drach was the three-time member of teh Ukrainian Parliament. In 2006, he was granted the title of the Hero of Ukraine - for his 'selfless service to the Ukrainian people, which he performed in poetry, standing for the ideas of freedom and democracy'.

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Ivan Drach was one of the Sixtiers, - а new generation of the Soviet Intelligentsia, most of whom were born between 1925 and 1945, and entered the culture and politics of the USSR during the late 1950s and 1960s — after the Khrushchev Thaw. Their worldviews were formed by years of Stalin's repressions and purges, which affected many of the Sixtiers' immediate families; and World War II, where many of them had volunteered to fight. Sixtiers were distinguished by their liberal and anti-totalitarian views, and romanticism that found vivid expressions in music and visual arts.

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