The legendary Soviet-era children writer and poet Sergei Mikhalkov, who penned the lyrics to the Soviet and modern Russian national anthems, died on Thursday at the age of 96.
“He died of old age – he simply fell asleep,” his grandson, Russian film producer Yegor Konchalovsky, said. Yegor Konchalovsky also said the funeral would most likely take place on this Saturday.
Korolyov, (A great writer and literary critic.) said: “This is a great loss to our culture, and to our literature – Mikhalkov was a symbol of a whole era.”
Apart from his two sons, Mikhalkov is survived by his wife, 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
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