Babi Yar poet dies
THE RUSSIAN poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, who gained international acclaim with a 1961 poem about the slaughter of nearly 34,000 Jews at Babi Yar in the Ukraine, has died aged 84.
In his career Mr Yevtushenko focused on war atrocities and tyrannical dictators, and tried to fight the antisemitism that had spread throughout the USSR.
The poem about the Ukraine massacre, titled Babi Yar, kick-started a search for the truth about what had happened in the ravine outside Kiev in 1941.
Mr Yevtushenko wrote the poem after visiting the site and finding that there was no memorial to commemorate what had happened. “I was absolutely shocked,” he said.