Yegor Yakovlev, prominent Russian journalist dies

Prominent journalist and writer Yegor Yakovlev died after a lengthy illness at a Moscow hospital on Sunday, his wife Irina told Ekho Moskvy radio.

In the mid-1980s, Yakovlev, who founded the Obshchaya Gazeta newspaper, took the helm of Moskovskiye Novosti, which vigorously supported the ideas of Mikhail Gorbachev's 'Glasnost' policy.

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