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Famous Russian Theater Artist Boris Messerer Turns 70 - 15 March, 2003

Famous Russian theater artist Boris Messerer turns 70 today.

He has been making scenery for plays staged in Moscow's best-known theaters and theaters in other Russian cities since 1960. Specialists call him one of the few successors of the classical theater-scenery art.

Messerer also worked a lot for the TV and made brilliant book illustrations. In 1980 he together with his wife, outstanding poetess Bella Akhmadulina, took part in the publication of the well-known opposition magazine Metropol.

Boris Messerer is a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts. He has been awarded the title of People's Artist of the Russian Federation and is a winner of the Russian State Prize.

World-renowned ballerina Maya Plisetskaya is a cousin of the artist.