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Popular Soviet Actor Bronevoi Dies In Moscow


Russian President Vladimir Putin and Leonid Bronevoi (file photo)

Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi has died in Moscow at the age of 88.

The director of Moscow's Lenkom Theater, Mark Varshaver, made the announcement, saying Bronevoi died early on December 9 after a long illness.

Bronevoi appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller Seventeen Moments Of Spring. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor.

He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater.

Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union.

Varshaver said a memorial service for the actor would be held at the theater on December 11.

With reporting by RIA Novosti and TASS
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