Valentin Rasputin


Age: 77

Summary: Russian writer considered as a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960's and 1970's known as Village Prose that focused on peasants in the Soviet Union who was a supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin and had pushed for members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk rock group to be jailed for their anti-Putin protest inside Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012, but who also had publicly expressed support for Russia's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014.

Cause of Death: Undisclosed illness

Born: March 15, 1937

Died: March 14, 2015

Moscow, Russia