Famous Ukrainian poet Ivan Drach passed away

19:39, 19 June 2018

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. He was 81. 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.

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 dissisdents, 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 the 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'.