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In Kabardino-Balkaria has died the national poet of the Republic and honorary President of the Club of writers of Caucasus Salih Soltanbekovich Gurtuev. At the time of his death he was 83 years old, reported the Ministry of culture of the CBD.

– Friday, June 26, on 83-m to year of life has died the national poet of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, honorary President of the Club of writers of Caucasus Salih Soltanbekovich Gurtuev, – stated in the message.

the Cause of death of the poet is not called.

the Ministry of culture of the Republic expressed his sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. “The bright image of the great poet, citizen and internationalist Salih of Soltanbekovich Gurtuev will remain in the memory of all of those who knew him, read his books and appreciated his word,” said there.

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Salih Gurtuev was born in 1938 in the village of White River near Nalchik. In 1944 together with his family were deported to Central Asia. After returning he graduated from Kabardino-Balkarian state University on a speciality “the teacher of the Balkar and Russian languages and literatures”. Headed the state Committee KBR on Affairs of publishing houses, polygraphies and book trade, worked in the literary journal Balkar language “Mingi-Tau (Elbrus)”.

Gurtuev has written more than 25 books of poetry, essays, translations Balkar language of the classics of Russian and world literature, as well as poets of the peoples of the Caucasus. In 2009, he founded the Club of writers of Caucasus, which he headed for seven years.