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Yuri Lyubimov dies at 97; Russian actor and director
Yuri Lyubimov dies at 97; Russian actor and director

Russian actor and director Yuri Lyubimov, founder of Moscow's renowned Taganka Theater, which he led for more than four decades, has died. He was 97. During the 1980s, Lyubimov was exiled for several years after criticizing cultural restrictions in the Soviet Union in an interview with the Times of London. Lyubimov's death Sunday in a Moscow hospital led Russian television and radio news broadcasts. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman expressed Putin's condolences, noting that "it would be difficult to overestimate the role of Yuri Lyubimov in the development of modern Russian theater." His wife, Katalin Lyubimova, told the Tass news agency that he died...

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