Thousands of Russians have been paying tribute to one of the country’s best loved film stars, Lyudmila Gurchenko, who died on Wednesday aged 75.
Hundreds of floral tributes were laid for the actress and many people braved long queues in the Winter cold to file past her coffin in central Moscow.
One woman said, “Lyudmila was a princess. This small fragile woman who contained a whole epoch in herself, was a princess”
Another woman said Gurchenko helped her to look at things more optimistically.
“If you don’t feel very good some times, just a glance at her makes things easier”, she added.
Born in Ukraine, Gurchenko began her career in the 1950’s, starring in the film Carnival Nights.
Her films are still fondly remembered by Russians, especially the older generation who associate her with their youth and the old Soviet Union.