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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

21st-Century Poet

NEW YORK -- Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko paid tribute to his country's greatest poet, Alexander Pushkin, on his 200th birthday, calling him a model for Russia in the 21st century.

"Pushkin gave us two centuries ago an example of how you can be brought up on Russian culture and be a lover of the best of Western culture," Yevtushenko said Sunday. "He was a model for the 21st century's Russian man."

Yevtushenko appeared at the New York preview of "The Feast During the Plague," Pushkin's short tragedy set to music by Russian composer Sergei Dresnin.