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Condolences to Giorgio Napolitano over the death of Tonino Guerro

March 22, 2012

Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences to President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano over the death of Italian writer, poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra.

The message reads, in part:

“It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of prominent Italian writer, poet and screenwriter Tonino Guerra. This is a great loss for global culture.

The life and work of Tonino Guerra were closely associated with Russia. He was awarded Russian state decorations as a sign of our deep appreciation for his contribution to strengthening bilateral cultural relations.

The memory of Tonino Guerra as a brilliant creative talent and Russia’s true friend will remain forever in the hearts of millions of our citizens.

On behalf of the Russian people and myself, I express our sincere condolences. Please convey my sympathy and support to the family and friends of Tonino Guerra.”

March 22, 2012