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Russian Film Director Dies Of Flu In Belarus

Maria Solovtsova

Maria Solovtsova

MINSK -- Russian film director Maria Solovtsova has died in the Belarus capital, Minsk, after having flu-like symptoms, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Vadim Gusev, a representative of the Russian Embassy in Minsk, said Solovtsova was brought to Minsk's clinic No. 3 earlier this week with respiratory problems and a high fever and died on November 10.

Doctors are performing tests to determine if she had swine flu.

Gusev said Solovtsova, 44, was in Belarus shooting a documentary.
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