Theater director Yury Lyubimov dies in Moscow

Yury Lyubimov, an outstanding theater director and founder of the Taganka Theater, has died in Moscow at the age of 97, a medical source has told Interfax.

"Lyubimov died in the Botkin hospital where he had been brought earlier this week in serious condition," the source said. "Doctors did everything possible to help him return to his feet but the sickness proved more powerful," the source added.

It was reported on Thursday, October 2 that the founder of the Taganka Theater was rushed to hospital.

President Vladimir Putin has expresses condolences to the family and friends of Lyubimov on his demise, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.

"The president said that it is difficult to overestimate Yury Lyubimov's contribution to the development of modern Russian theater," he said.

"In the president's opinion, many brilliant Russian actors who are Lyubimov's pupils will carry on his great talent," Peskov added.

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