MOSCOW, April 1 Soviet Russian poet Evgeny
Yevtushenko has died in the United States at the age of 85, TASS
news agency reported on Saturday, citing a close friend.
"Five minutes ago, Evgeny Aleksandrovich (Yevtushenko)
departed into eternity," TASS said, quoting Mikhail Morgulis, a
friend of Yevtushenko's who said he had spoken to his son.
Born in 1932, Yevtushenko went on to publish more than 150
collections of poems.
His first book, "The Prospects of the Future", was published
in 1952 when he was the youngest member of the Union of Soviet
Writers. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature in
He was especially prominent during the brief literary thaw
under Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev, but had an often
ambivalent relationship with Communist authorities.
In one of his most famous poems, The Heirs of Stalin, from
1961, he wrote that though dictator Josef Stalin had died, his
legacy lived on, "he was scheming, had merely dozed off".
"Double and treble the sentries guarding this slab
And stop Stalin from ever rising again."
TASS reported on Friday that Yevtushenko had been admitted
to hospital in a critical condition.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Ralph Boulton)