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How was the funeral of Kobzon



The funeral ceremony of the People’s Artist of the USSR, State Duma Deputy Iosif Kobzon was completed at Vostryakovskoye cemetery in Moscow. Recall that Kobzon died in the 81 year after a long illness.

The farewell to the artist took place on Sunday in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. More than six thousand people came to say goodbye to Kobzon. RIA News.

Among those who came, one could see well-known politicians and public figures, notes Today. It is known that Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the world's first female cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, hockey player Vladislav Tretyak, singer Prokhor Shalyapin, former director of the Moscow Drama Theater under the leadership of Armen Dzhigarkhanyan Vitalina Tsymbalyuk, said goodbye to the singer -Romanovskaya, Special Presidential Representative for International Cultural Cooperation Mikhail Shvydkoy and People's Artist of Russia Vladimir Vinokur.

Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets said that in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, where the singer was parting, there were long lines.

The artist was buried in the Jewish part of Vostryakovsky cemetery, next to his mother. The procession was accompanied by a company of the guard of honor. The funeral ceremony was conducted according to Jewish traditions - the son of the national artist Andrei Kobzon read the memorial prayer Kaddish. After that, relatives, friends and colleagues of the singer said goodbye to him, spending the last journey.

The artist was buried to the sound of the Russian anthem and salvoes of the guard of honor. In conclusion, the orchestra performed “Song of the Distant Homeland” from the film “Seventeen Moments of Spring”.

"I have never lived with a phonogram"

President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and other politicians came to say goodbye to Kobzon. Speakers recalled not only the work of Kobzon, but also his charitable and social activities.

Colleagues and relatives carried flowers and expressed condolences to the widow and children of the singer. The scene was littered with literally thousands of bouquets. The ceremony was accompanied by music - pianist Levon Oganezov performed compositions from the repertoire of Kobzon and classical works. The special representative of the president for international cultural cooperation, Mikhail Shvydkoi, became the leader of the memorial service. He called the death of Kobzon unthinkable and noted his honesty.

“He never sang to a phonogram, never lived, never made friends with a phonogram,” Shvydkoi said.

Kobzon's son Andrei addressed with words of gratitude to those who came to the memorial service. He said that the support of the audience was always important to his father, and asked those present to accompany the artist with applause. The ceremony ended with shouts of "Bravo!" and a long standing ovation accompanied by the song “My Way”.

According to eyewitnesses, at the funeral, singer Boris Moiseyev felt bad - helpers under his arms took him out of the cemetery and put him in the car.

Memory is in business

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin, meanwhile, proposed to assign the name of Kobzon to the Theater Center on Dubrovka, where the artist negotiated with terrorists many years ago during the seizure of Nord-Ost.

“Today we said goodbye to Joseph Davydovich Kobzon. To perpetuate his memory, one could, in my opinion, think about assigning his name to the Theater Center on Dubrovka. Iosif Davydovich was directly involved in rescuing the hostages and during all subsequent years he kept in touch with the relatives of the victims and victims of the terrorist attack on Dubrovka, ”the mayor wrote on his VKontakte page.

According to the People's Artist of the RSFSR Alexander Shirvindt, who had been friends with Kobzon for over 60 years, the true scale of Joseph Davydovich's personality will fully manifest itself “a little later,” writes TASS.

“For me, Joseph Davydovich is the same symbol as the Vostok-1 spacecraft, Lake Baikal, the Bratskoe Sea, which sings, Afghanistan and so on, so on, and so on - all the events in our life, in our country in To one degree or another, everyone is connected with Joseph Davydovich Kobzon, ”said People's Artist of Russia Alexander Rosenbaum.

He noted that Kobzon "touched all points of our life, all the great and not the greatest events in our life." “He was always with people - both in our joy and in our sorrow,” added the musician.


According to the artist and producer Vladimir Vinokur, friends nicknamed Kobzon “ambulance”, he came to the aid of everyone. The artist also recalled that when he had an accident in Germany, Kobzon flew to him “and did his best”. “I bow to the memory of a great man,” added Vinokur.

“It is difficult to find such words today to express that bitterness of loss, disagreement with what we have lost ... no, we have not lost, because the memory of him will live on throughout the rest of our lives. He was not only our friend, he accompanied us on the flight, rejoiced at our successes and in general: we cannot imagine the cosmodrome without his participation, ”Tereshkova said.

Undoubtedly, the Kobzon family suffered the greatest loss, noted People’s Artist of Russia Lev Leschenko.

“I would like to bow to Nelly Kobzon, his wife, who has lived a great life with him. Real life, in universal love. They truly loved each other, and today, when we remember him, we understand that it was an example of great feelings, ”he stressed.

The artist quoted lines from a poem by Robert Rozhdestvensky “There, Beyond the Clouds”: “If trouble happens to me, don't measure the sad earth with your steps. Know that you will always find my heart there, behind the clouds. ”

Mourning events ended around 17.00. The territory of Vostryakovsky cemetery was literally strewn with flowers - many people came to say goodbye to Joseph Kobzon.

"Heartbroken" by Pugacheva

Fans have long guessed: whether Alla Pugacheva will come to the funeral of a person with whom she was intimately acquainted, performed on the same stage, sang a duet, quarreled and put up, writes Photographs have a historical photo taken in the spring of 1981. Then, in the Central House of Artists (Central Art Gallery), all the stars of the so-called anti-anniversary - 86 years - Leonid Utesov gathered. Lyudmila Zykina, Iosif Kobzon, Boris Brunov, Alla Pugacheva. Today she was left alone ...

Of course, the Prima Donna came to say goodbye to Joseph Davydovich - in a black hat, with a huge bouquet of flowers ... But she categorically refused to comment to the press: “No, you can't“ a few words ”- not now, not later!”.

A few hours before the memorial service, on her page on the social network Instagram, she published a photo of a very young Kobzon and signed: “In my heart, you will remain so. Goodbye".

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