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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Director Takes Over

The renowned Russian film director and actor Nikita Mikhalkov has been named head of the Russian Cultural Foundation, replacing Dmitry Likhachev, the 92-year-old scholar and former Soviet people's deputy who has stepped down at his own request.

Mikhalkov, 47, has been one of the country's leading film directors since the late 1970s.