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MOSCOW, August 04, /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow folk will pay their last respects here on Monday to People's Artiste of the RSFSR Olga Voronets, who died on August 2 in the capital at the age of 88 after a serious illness. Civil funeral rites are to commence at the Central House of Writers at 11:00. The famous singer will be buried in Smolensk.
The singer's death was mentioned by Yelena, the wife of Vladimir Etush, in her page in Facebook. "Remarkable singer Olga Borisovna Voronets is no more. Physicians spoke of her chances to live only for three days. Throughout the three days, we were hoping for a miracle. However, there proved no miracle," Yelena Etush wrote.
Dmitry Dmitriyenko, art director of the "Russia" Ensemble named after Lyudmila Zykina, pointed out in an Itar-Tass interview, "Olga Voronets was a great singer. Her singing of Russian folk songs could be regarded as a model of excellence. Voronets, and Lyudmila Zykina, just adored and were devoted to the Russian song as noone else".
Olga Voronets may be interred at the Tikhvin Cemetery in Zadneprovsky (Trans-Dnieper) District of Smolensk. Her mother was buried there and the singer herself was an honorary citizen of the city. Yuri Vershovsky, head of the press service of the Smolensk city administration, pointed out, "A final decision is to be made on Monday morning".