Poet Ryhor Baradulin passes away


Famous Belarusian poet Ryhor Baradulin died in Minsk on March, 2 at the age of 79.

Ryhor Baradulin, a man who descended from a peasant family, has become the nation’s pride. He was a close frend of prominent Belarusian writers Vasil Bykau and Uladzimir Karatkevich.

The Soviet authoities was always watchful of him; in recent years the poet has been in opposition to Lukashenka’s regime. Mr Baradulin became a member of the Belarusian People Front Council in 1989.

Ryhor Baradulin was born in a village in Ushachy district, Vitsebsk region, on February 24, 1935. A graduate of Belarusian State University’s Philology Faculty, he contributed to a number of periodicals and was an editor at Mastatskaya Litaratura publishing company for more than 20 years.

Ryhor Baradulin is the last Belarusian who was given the title of the People’s Poet (1992). He received some other important awards for several books of poems and translations. The poet has published around 70 books of poems (including poems for children, satiric and humorous poems), articles, essays, translations. His poems have been translated into some 40 languages.In 2006 Ryhor Baradulin was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature for his book of poems ‘Ksty’.

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