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 Internationally acclaimed poet Yevtushenko died on Saturday

84-year old poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died in Tulsa city, Oklahoma, where he had been teaching for many years.

Censor.NET reports citing ТАSS.

Death of Yevtushenko was confirmed by a close friend, Mikhail Morgulis.

"Five minutes ago Yevgeny Alexandrovich passed away," Morgulis said.

His wife, Maria Novikova, and their two sons, Dmitry and Yevgeny, were reportedly with him when he died. According to the poet's last will, he will be buried near Moscow.

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Yevtushenko became one of the best known poets of the 1950s and 1960s in the Soviet Union. He was part of the 1960s generation, which included such writers as Vasili Aksyonov, Andrei Voznesensky, Bella Akhmadulina, Robert Rozhdestvensky.

Yevtushenko was one of the authors politically active during the Khrushchev Thaw. Khrushchev declared a cultural "Thaw" that allowed some freedom of expression. In 1961 he wrote what would become perhaps his most famous poem, Babyn Yar

In 1961 Yevtushenko also published Nasledniki Stalina (The Heirs of Stalin), in which he stated that although Stalin was dead, Stalinism and its legacy still dominated the country

In 1989 Yevtushenko was elected as a representative to the Soviet Parliament (Congress of Peoples Deputies), where he was a member of the pro-democratic group supporting Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1991, he supported Boris Yeltsin.

After October 2007 Yevtushenko divided his time between Russia and the United States, teaching Russian and European poetry and the history of world cinema at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma and at Queens College of the City University of New York.

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