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Viktor Sukhodrev, translator for Soviet leaders, dies at 81
Viktor Sukhodrev, translator for Soviet leaders, dies at 81

Viktor Sukhodrev, the Soviet interpreter who for three decades brought the words of Kremlin leaders to the English-speaking world, died Friday in Moscow. He was 81. Ekho Moskvy radio first reported the death of Sukhodrev, citing his son. No cause was immediately announced. In expressing official condolences, the Russian Foreign Ministry described Sukhodrev as a "direct participant in the most important events in Soviet-U.S. relations" who would be remembered for his "keen observations, good humor and human warmth." Sukhodrev was a fixture at U.S.-Soviet summits beginning with Nikita Khrushchev's 1959 visit to the U.S., the first by a Soviet leader. Three...

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