Prominent satirist and playwright Arkady Arkanov dies in Moscow

Prominent satirist and playwright Arkady Arkanov has died in Moscow at the age of 81.

"Arkady Arkanov ceased living," a report on the website of the Moscow Satire Theater with which he cooperated states.

Earlier reports said he was rushed to a Moscow hospital on March 14.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has expressed condolences on the death of satirist and playwright Arkady Arkanov who died in Moscow on Sunday at the age of 81.

"Arkady Arkanov has left us - a satirical author, the anchor of many comic shows who remained extremely popular for decades. I express my deep condolences to his near and dear ones," Medvedev wrote on Facebook on Sunday.

The characters of Arkanov's monologues, books and plays "taught several generations of people to laugh at themselves and their shortcomings lightly and sincerely and forgive others with similar ease and a smile on the faces," Medvedev wrote.

Arkady Mikhailovich Shteinbok (aka Arkady Arkanov) was born on June 7, 1933 in Kyiv. In 1957 he graduated from the Sechenov Medical College in Moscow. His writings were published in Yunost magazine, Literaturnaya Gazeta weekly and others. He authored a dozen books. In 1968 he joined the Soviet Writers' Union. He also anchored several TV shows.

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