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Poet Yevtushenko dies

Tributes are pouring in for the Russian poet who strove to liberate artistic expression from the shackles Soviet politics

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Poet Yevtushenko dies

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Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko has died in the US aged 84 from a cardiac arrest.

He was the last of a wave of poets who came to prominence in the USSR in the 1960s. Yevtushenko championed greater freedom in artistic and literary expression, helping to bring about a move from political to aesthetic forms in post-Stalin Russia.

Perhaps Yevtushenko’s most renowned offering was the taboo-breaking epic, Babi Yar.