The message from the Mayor of Moscow reads, in part:
“It is with great sadness that I learn of the demise of the legendary poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
An outstanding master of verse has left us, one who made many great contributions to Russian and world literature, and whose work enhanced the cultural dialogue between peoples and nations.
Some of the brightest pages in Russian poetry of the second half of the 20th – early 21st centuries, skillfully embedded with Yevtushenko’s civil stance on the ongoing changes to society during his era, were met with huge public response. His deep and vibrant lyrical works resonated with the souls of millions of poetry lovers.
The loving memory of Yevgeny Yevtushenko will stay forever in the hearts of his colleagues, friends, like-minded people and his numerous fans.
Allow me to express my most sincere sympathy and offer support to Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s friends and family.”
Soviet and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko was born in 1932 to a family of geologist and an amateur poet, Alexander Gangnus. Yevgeny Yevtushenko published his first poem in 1949, and three years later his first book The Scouts of the Future came out. Also that year he became the youngest member of the Writers’ Union of the USSR. In 1963 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The poet gained his recognition following the publication of various collections of his poems, namely The Third Snow, Shosse Entuziastov, Promise, Poems of Different Years, and The Apple. Yevgeny Yevtushenko authored over 150 books, which have been translated into many foreign languages.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko had lived in the USA since 1991 but often visited Russia. According to his will, his body will be buried at the Peredelkino cemetery in Moscow, where many famous Russian writers and poets have been laid to rest.