Putin pays his final respects to Stanislav Govorukhin

Stanislav Govorukhin, a prominent Russian film director who made some of the nation’s most iconic movies, has died. He was 82.

He was an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure.

He is well known in Russia for making some of the nation’s most iconic movies, but later in life he took to politics.

At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian parliament,  from the United Russia Party.

Born in the Urals in 1936, as a young man he worked in television in Kazan and later moved to Moscow to study filmmaking.

In the late Soviet period he was one of the most renowned makers of TV, including the ‘The Meeting Place Can’t Be Changed (1979) and ‘Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn’ (1981).

After the break up of the USSR, he went into politics and even ran for President (but got less than one percent of the vote).

He sat in the State Duma, Russia’s lower houses of parliament,  since 1993.

In 2012,  Govorukhin was appointed the head of Putin’s re-election campaign.

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